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UK police plan £10M cloud migration

Written by Tue 18 Jun 2024

The Home Office has planned an exit from the current Hendon Data Centre to a cloud-based system supporting UK police forces.

According to the request for proposal, the Home Office is seeking a programme delivery partner to manage the migration of police data from the Hendon Data Centre (HDC) to a new site.

The partner will be responsible for setting up the new data centre to receive migrated services, as well as the migration and decommissioning of infrastructure. In addition, the partner will move all staff associated with the Hendon data centre to new offices and return the data centre to the Home Office.

The Hendon Data Centre, currently host to the Metropolitan Police training facility and Police National Computer, is owned and operated by the Home Office. Approximately £10 million ($12.6 million) has been dedicated to the migration from Hendon into a new Law Enforcement Data Service (LEDS). The LEDS project has a total budget of approximately £600 million ($760.8 million).

The target date for the migration will be announced later this year, but is expected to be around March 2027.

Migration Part of Police Productivity Strategy

The migration from the HDC appears to be a part of the same strategy that has resulted in the creation of the Centre for Police Productivity. An independent Policing Productivity Review found there was an enormous potential to improve the efficiency of police work. To take advantage of this opportunity, the Home Office selected the College of Policing to set standards for data centralization and information sharing for police across the UK.

Additionally, the College of Policing intends to take advantage of AI technology to automate repetitive processes and improve police efficiency even further.

Chief Constable and CEO of the College of Policing, Andy Marsh said ‘this is a significant moment for policing and gives us an unprecedented opportunity to use data and new technologies to allow officers to spend more time on the front line keeping our communities safe’.

“We can make huge gains in productivity by turning to technology so we can spot crime trends without officers having to trawl through thousands of pieces of data,” added Marsh.

In October, UK police were urged to double their use of AI facial recognition technology by May 2024. In a letter to police chiefs, Policing Minister Chris Philp emphasised the need for law enforcement to embrace innovative technologies to prevent and solve crimes as criminal activity evolves.

Philp said it will be possible to exceed 200,000 searches of still images against the Police National Database in early summer if all forces in England and Wales were to work together.

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Written by Tue 18 Jun 2024

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