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Home Secretary awards £23m to help transform policing
Emma Kennedy - August 17, 2016

Fourteen ground-breaking projects will receive money from the police transformation fund.

The Home Secretary has awarded £23 million to projects that will drive the transformation of policing in England and Wales.

The projects have been awarded funding through the police transformation fund, which is police-led through the Police Reform and Transformation Board. Police and crime commissioner and chief constable representatives sit on the board alongside senior leaders in policing, with the final decisions on bids made by the Home Secretary.

The successful bids, from 10 forces and the College of Policing, 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 10 forces will lead on the work, we expect these pioneering projects will benefit all 43 police forces across England and Wales.

The police transformation fund is incentivising policing to meet future challenges, and I am delighted by the strong early response to the launch of the fund from police and crime commissioners and chief constables – it is clear that they share my passion and determination to finish the job of police reform.”