Home Office Hands out £26m to Police Projects

28 projects have been awarded funding in the second round of the Home Office’s Police transformation fund.

The aim of the fund is to transform the UK’s police forces using innovative solutions to improve efficiency and services.

The East Midlands region has been awarded £2.9m for a non-crime ICT platform, and the Police Reform Transformation Board has been awarded £2.3m for a range of schemes including cloud services.

A total of £76.4m is available for police transformation projects this financial year, although this includes money already allocated for police digital programmes and armed policing capability enhancement.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the fund was an opportunity to transform policing for the future and “respond to the changing nature of the crime”.

She added: “It is my pleasure to award funds to a raft of projects, from cutting-edge approaches to reducing crime through to digital projects that will help promote diversity in policing”

In January this year Home Secretary, and now Prime Minister Theresa May, said police forces needed to update their IT systems, saying they spent too much money on “outdated IT”. 

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