The Police ICT Company is a private company limited by guarantee established by Police and Crime Commissioners to support policing to make the public safer through better ICT. We seek to act as a bridge between the policing, technological and commercial worlds. We will help the service buy ICT better, manage it better and exploit new capabilities more successfully.
We will cut the costs of police ICT, reduce duplication, improve collaboration and improve the public’s experience of dealing with the police. Ultimately we aim to pay more back into policing than is paid into The Company.
In providing support and services to its members, The Company carries out the following functions:
When The Company was first established, research carried out with police forces demonstrated the need for The Company specifically to deliver the following objectives.
Background and establishment of The Company
When Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected the Home Office proposed that they take ownership of a Police ICT Company to drive efficiencies in procurement, support ongoing police ICT operation and innovation. A Police ICT Board was established to review the requirement. The Board commissioned a number of pieces of work to better understand the problem and the scale of the possible savings that could be achieved. A proposal to establish The Company was put to the Police and Crime Commissioners on 3 February 2015. A vote confirmed that, given the scale of potential savings in the longer term (at least £150m per annum), The Company should be formed.
The proposal to establish The Police ICT Company was based on evidence which suggested that a national strategic coordination function for Police ICT would improve the delivery of efficient and effective policing, which is a statutory requirement of Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Constables and other policing governance bodies. The evidence to support the proposal comes from the following documents: