IT applications power police services, but over time legacy applications have multiplied - is application assessment and plans for governance the best way to modernise police IT?
Funding reductions means private sector strengths should be tapped into - particularly when it comes to IT. But what are the options when it comes to private sector partnerships, and how can police forces benefit?
Are the police lacking in effectiveness without proper information sharing technology? This article discusses how it can technology can help the move further towards 'joined up policing'.

Prior to the arrival of technology, police record keeping was a nightmare world of index cards and manila folders, buried away in some distant Headquarters, a long long way from the ‘thin blue line’.  As a result these were virtually inaccessible and usually useless.. The limitations of these paper mountains inhibited both day to day policing and large ‘Ripper’ type enquiries, alike 

Well, he ought to know: a top exec of outsourcer G4S has boasted to The Guardian that Police outsourcing to firms like his – for all unions may descry it – is set to boom.
David Taylor-Smith, the head of G4S in Britain and Africa, told the paper companies like his will increasin
Large public sector union UNISON has used its annual conference in Bournemouth today to repat its warning that the Coalition is "playing with fire" over plans to privatise parts of the Police.
The union, which numbers back office staff and Community Support Officers in its ranks, says a new poll it's commissioned showe "overwhelming opposition" among the public, too.
The survey of 2,000 adults is claimed to show almost two-thirds did not want operational functions of local policing handed over to private companies

Lack of joined up ICT systems is failing the UK justice system, the minster for policing and justice has admitted on the day that the controversial Communications Data Bill was launched.  

Local press reports suggest that more than 1,000 police staff jobs across the three Forces of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire would be affected by plans to outsource back office services – including IT.
Later this month the three will put proposals to use private companies for human resources, finance and IT to their respective police Authorities.
At a meeting on May 30 it was recommended that a full business case for proposals should be drawn up as a way to combat an estimated £73m funding shortfall -
Giving bobbies on the beat Blackberrys cost the  taxpayer £71 milion pounds - but only delivered £600,000 of promised savings. 
As part of the Mobile Information Programme which ran between 2008 and 2010, the Home Office distributed £71 million of central funding through the National Policing Improvement Agency to police forces to enable them to buy over 41,000 new mobile devices (such as Blackberrys) for police officers and police community support officers.
The Home Office said the scheme would suppor
The three Police Forces of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire look set to become the first three police forces in the UK to share a common back office under a collaborative agreement with supplier Capita.
The new shared system, Origin, will be delivered by Capita’s secure resource solutions business under a contract worth £2.3m over 5 years.