UK awards £26m funds for policing projects

UK’s Home Secretary has awarded more than £26m over the next three years to policing projects which have been designed to help transform the police service for the future.

The funding for 28 projects is granted through a police-led bidding process.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “The police transformation fund is a real opportunity for police leaders and police and crime commissioners to transform policing for the future, and to respond to the changing nature of crime.

“Already we have seen funds used to expand innovative graduate schemes as well as national initiatives to tackle the scourge of modern slavery.”

Funding of £1.9m was awarded to the College of Policing, more than £5.9m for two years to create to a joint forensics and biometrics programme, more than £1m across three years to Nottinghamshire Police to set up a national business crime reduction hub.

The funding also included £2.3m to support a series of bids developed by the Police ICT Company and the Police Technology Council, £2m to scope and design the delivery of a national policing data analytics lab and £450,000 to the Metropolitan Police and the College of Policing.

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Brandon Lewis said: “We want to finish the job of police reform and through schemes such as the police transformation fund it is clear that forces can collaborate on innovative solutions to complex policing problems.”

The second round of bids awarded £40m to projects including bids commissioned by the police-led Police Reform and Transformation Board.

Set up as part of the spending review last year, the police transformation fund has been designed to allocate extra investment to continue the job of reform and shape policing for the future.