Chief Constable Simon Parr welcomes almost £2 million in funding

Chief Constable Simon Parr
Chief Constable Simon Parr

The Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire have been successful in obtaining just under of £2 million from the government’s Police Innovation Fund.

The bid was submitted to the Home Office in December, 2013 and it has been announced as successful today (Thursday, January 16).

Cambridgeshire Constabulary launched a technology programme, Programme Metis, in 2013 and the bid set out how the money will be used to widen the programme across collaboration forces Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Chief Constable Simon Parr said: “Programme Metis was launched to modernise the way Cambridgeshire police do business, to keep officers on the frontline for longer and improve our service to the public.

“Part of this work includes the publicised roll out of slates to frontline officers.

“Early results show this is allowing each of them to spend an extra hour per day on the frontline.

“We are extremely pleased to have been successful in this bid.

“This funding will enable us to transform our forces in a way that commercial businesses have been doing for many years.”

The Home Office has made a total fund of £20 million available during 2013/2014 and a further £50 million available during 2014/2015 to finance bids made to further collaboration and innovation.

Beds, Cambs and Herts submitted a bid for £1.95m in the current year 2013/14 and a further £6.17m bid for 2014/15, for which confirmation is awaited.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 6) Echo.