Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today welcomed a Home Office announcement that it was awarding £2.2m to the force for its groundbreaking efficiency work.
Nottinghamshire Police will receive £2,224,000 in 2016/17 through the Police Transformation Fund – a police-led funding stream allocated by the Police Reform and Transformation Board.
It is part of a £23m funding pot being split across 10 forces and the College of Policing to help improve effectiveness and capability across a range of operational departments to better manage the criminal threat.
The funding awarded to Nottinghamshire Police, in collaboration with Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, will be pumped into a partnership project aimed at eliminating duplication between the three forces and ensuring they have access to a larger pool of information and intelligence to help officers make faster and more informed decisions. A further £3,536,000 will be available to the project in 2017/18 through the same fund.
Commenting on the announcement, Commissioner Tipping said: “Policing is always changing and we must remain one step ahead by building robust intelligence systems and providing our frontline with the best possible tools available to do their job.
“There are big challenges ahead of us but by working together, using best practice and sharing our expertise, we can be at the forefront of policing in the UK.
“I’m delighted the Home Office has made this funding available. Crime is becoming increasingly complex and we need to be innovative to meet the challenges this poses in an era of austerity. Transformation is needed more urgently than ever.”
The Police Transformation Board consists of PCCs, chief constable representatives and senior leaders in policing with the final decisions on bids made by the Home Secretary.
The successful bids for funding include projects to support the transfer of digital crime scene images between forces, add new technology to the Child Abuse Image Database, improve procurement and collaboration and fund a network of co-ordinators, analysts and prevention officers for the Child Sexual Abuse National Action Plan.
Set up as part of the Spending Review in 2015, the fund is designed to allocate extra investment to policing in order to continue police reform and transform policing by introducing new and more efficient technology and capabilities to help forces respond to changing crimes and threats.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Our police do a fantastic job every day fighting crime and keeping communities safe. The latest figures show that public confidence in the police has risen and most people believe they are doing a good or excellent job.
“But the job of reforming the police must continue and these successful bids demonstrate exactly the kind of transformative thinking that we expect from forces, with creative plans which will enable them to be more efficient and serve their communities more effectively. While ten forces will lead on the work, we expect these pioneering projects will benefit all 43 police forces across England and Wales.”
The total funding available for police transformation in 2016-17 is £76.4m, including £34m already allocated to enhance armed policing capability, £4.6m for police digital programmes and £3m for a programme to consider how best to organise specialist police capabilities such as armed, undercover, and roads policing.
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Posted on Friday 5th August 2016