Company continues to grow and help in the fight against crime
One of the functions of The Police ICT Company is to act as a bridge between the policing, technological and commercial worlds, and in particular, to secure value for money by helping police forces get the best deal from suppliers.
A good example of this is the success of the IBM i2 agreement which recently moved from the Home Office to the Company, and which also achieves an aspiration of the then Home Secretary, Rt. Hon. Theresa May, who said:
“The Police ICT Company is at the heart of my vision for a reformed policing landscape and I urge each and every Police and Crime Commissioner and any commercial partner looking to do business in policing to work constructively with Martin and his team.
“Millions, if not billions, of savings. Thousands of police-officer-hours saved. Untold crimes solved and victims satisfied. And all by getting the fundamentals – ICT – right.”
The IBM i2 agreement initially came into effect in 2015, when the Home Office and Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC) jointly managed it with support from The Police ICT Company. It consolidated 122 separate data software agreements with police forces into one single overarching one.
Having one master agreement has enabled:
- around 130,000 police officers in the UK all to have access to additional new software;
- continuous technical support and training from IBM;
- £3m in savings across the 43 police forces;
as well as allowing other national law enforcement agencies to access this integrated data.
Martin Wyke, CEO of the Police ICT Company, said:
“I am delighted that the i2 IBM agreement is now overseen by the Company, which has allowed us to extend it by another two years, giving police forces even more access to the latest analytical software at no extra cost. Streamlining the whole process has also resulted in savings of up to £110,000 per police force, providing an excellent outcome for policing and the public.
“With almost six million cyber-offences taking place each year in the UK, police officers and employees need access to cutting-edge technology to exploit information more rapidly and effectively than ever before. The UK law enforcement community is embracing data analytics to target serious and organised crime: using police data effectively allows forces to detect and address issues more quickly, keeping officers better informed about the situations they are about to go into.”
Commenting on the success of the agreement, Shaun Hipgrave, IBM’s Public Safety, Intelligence and Counter-Fraud Executive, said:
“The analytical software has been designed to understand telephone records and bank account activity, and can show complicated links and relationships in the drug trade or in organised crime.
“Using IBM i2, a police force can quickly collate, analyse and visualise many different sets of their own data such as custody, intelligence or crime recording. This provides police forces with a single view across many systems, which results in identifying new threats earlier and responding to crimes quicker and, therefore, reduces the potential harm to the public, its communities and national security.”
Mr Wyke continued:
“I am pleased to announce that on Wednesday (29 March) to celebrate the six additional products available as part of the new agreement, IBM, with support from the Company, will be holding a one-hour virtual workshop that will demonstrate the additional functionalities available to police forces.”
“The session will include a video demo of a real case, using open source data and the Enterprise Insight set of software, which enables analysts to process large amounts of dynamic data to generate actionable intelligence more efficiently. It helps to uncover patterns, connections, and relationships that are hidden in large, disparate data sets. This, in turn, will provide recommendations for decision-making and performance indicators for operational oversight and situational awareness. The demo will also cover Intelligent Video Analytics, as well as software enabling predictive analytics, and will touch on a recent pilot on Modern Slavery, that we have run with funding from the IBM i2 Agreement.
“Information on how to access the workshop can be found on the Company Knowledge Hub, which is a forum for sharing information and facilitating discussion”.