Innovation and changeDigital TransformationKey IT suppliers confirmed for national policing programme

Key IT suppliers confirmed for national policing programme

Deloitte and BT contracted as suppliers for National Enabling Programmes initiative.

Professional services firm, Deloitte, together with BT, have been awarded contracts to help deliver the National Enabling Programmes (NEP) initiative for Policing, including the National Management Centre (NMC).

Working with police forces across England and Wales, these two programmes will help Police and Crime Commissioners buy, manage and exploit ICT more effectively.

The NEP sees investment of around £100m in modernising and introducing a higher degree of consistency across Policing’s IT systems. This will include the introduction of cloud-based services and improved cyber security technologies.

This digital transformation will allow Police Forces across the country to collaborate more effectively, better engage with citizens and protect sensitive data from rising levels of cyber-crime. By using the latest technology, aligned to a national risk framework to improve the efficiency of their operations, Police Forces will become more effective to public safety needs while meeting the demands of their agile workforce, and all at a reduced overall cost.

Police Forces across England and Wales will have access to secure, cloud-based IT services and national standards which enable new digital ways of working and collaborating. At the same time, local Police Forces will maintain autonomy for local IT decision making and the control of their digital assets, while benefitting from the economies of scale of a national, centrally procured contract.

Deloitte has been selected as the client delivery partner for the NEP, leading on the implementation of the overall programme. Deloitte will provide a range of services to assist Forces in adopting the productivity services cloud platform, improve access management and enhance each Force’s approach to cyber security. This will enable Forces to start realising the business benefits of the new technology.

Nationally coordinated

As an integrated delivery team Deloitte and BT are charged with the creation of an NMC for Policing which will provide monitoring capability for 43 police forces. Through this nationally coordinated, locally delivered service, Police Forces will have access to a centre of cyber excellence with the ability to identify, manage and respond to internal and external cyber threats, while enhancing legislative compliance.

This 24/7 facility, based in one of BT’s existing Security Operations Centres, will protect all Forces from cyber-attacks, keeping sensitive data safe as each local Force moves their applications into the Microsoft Azure Cloud. A dedicated team of cyber security professionals will detect, protect, monitor and respond to cyber threats against the Police’s ICT estate.

Wayne Parkes, Programme Director, NEP said: “The NEP is a key enabling tool that will deliver a foundational change within Policing as we exploit new ICT resources in a unified way across our Forces. This ‘joined up thinking’ will facilitate a radical change in both what the police do and how the public interact with us. We are delighted that our Delivery Partners, Deloitte and BT are now on board as we move to the next, exciting and challenging phase of the project.”

Ian Dyson, Commissioner City of London Police, said: “During 2017 and 2018 the NEP team has worked very successfully with a handful of Forces to trial the implementation of these new technologies and business models. Now with the Delivery Partners, Deloitte and BT in place, we can begin the planned roll out to deliver and embed these changes across forces.”

Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner and NEP Board member commented: “The NEP is fundamental to our ability to deliver more efficient and effective policing services: developing systems that talk to each other, work to consistent standards and allow the sharing of data.  This programme will ensure all UK police forces are using the same software within the next two years, improving public safety and the effectiveness of frontline police officers. As a Board member I am proud to be part of this joint working between the Home Office, police and PCCs, Deloitte and BT that will bring real transformation, streamline processes and improve productivity.”

The NEP underpins the new digital policing policy outlined in The Policing Vision 2025. This new strategy will make it easier for the public to make online contact with the Police while at the same time improving the use of digital intelligence and evidence and ensuring the transfer of all material in a digital format to the criminal justice system.

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