Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore promised to look for additional funding streams to fill the gaps in the policing budget and is delighted to announce that he has been successful in securing £1.2m from the Home’s Office Innovation Fund to boost crime fighting in Suffolk.
Mr Passmore said: “Government set aside money for PCCs to support innovative transformational projects in their force areas and I was determined to get our share of that fund to help us improve policing and increase efficiency in the county.
“We applied for funding to develop and extend our automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) capability across the county and I am absolutely delighted that we have been successful in securing £917.4K to take this valuable work forward.
“This investment will vastly improve number plate recognition and support the excellent collaboration work being achieved with Norfolk Constabulary even further.”
The enhanced ANPR capability will assist with crime prevention, crime detection, counter terrorism and road safety helping keep both Suffolk and Norfolk safe and secure.
ANPR is proven to assist in the detection of a huge variety of crime from vehicle offences and organised crime to terrorism.
Mr Passmore added: “ANPR is a fantastic tool in crime fighting.
“It identifies vehicles instantly, a bit like finger printing does in people, and is instrumental in solving and preventing a huge number of crimes across the county.”
The second successful bid for £334K was secured to support the purchase and implementation of a joint Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) to be used across Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies.
This single system will provide self-service tools for officers and staff as well as HR, finance, procurement, duty management and payroll functions and is expected to realise savings of around £1 million every year.
Both successful bids were in conjunction with Norfolk PCC.
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