The Home Office has vowed to invest more than £100m in upgrading police IT around the UK.
The projects have been designed to transform how officers use technology, in a bid to boost public engagement and make it easier to deal with major threats.
Some £70m will be invested in 2018-19 in four programmes establishing a unified IT system for the whole country, a system to improve “force-to-force resource sharing”, a digital platform for low-level incident reporting and a new biometric services.
“Criminals don’t stand still, and neither should our police forces,” said minister for policing Nick Hurd. “We’re determined to support police leaders in creating a modern, agile and responsive police service.”
“The Police Transformation Fund is delivering real change in policing, and this new funding will continue to help forces improve efficiency and tackle threats like serious and organised crime,” he added.
The government claims the scheme will deliver savings and free up officers for frontline policing.