The Home Office has extended CGI’s contract to build and operate the UK’s Police National Database (PND), for a further three years.
The contract was originally signed in 2009 for a seven year term; it has been extended for an additional three years. The PND processes over 3 billion searchable records with over 4 million searches performed each year by officers licensed to access the database.
Under the terms of the contract extension CGI will ‘disaggregate’ relationships with other suppliers involved in PND delivery. This move means the Home Office will be able to directly manage relationships with hardware and software providers that are part of the programme. In addition, the PND will be transitioned to the Crown Hosting Service.
The PND has been through a series of significant enhancements over recent years including the introduction of:
- Big Data visualisation technologies
- Digital-focused search capability
- Automatic alerts and repeat searches
Steve Thorn, senior vice president, UK Public Sector, CGI said: “Police officers have long done the best they can with the information at their disposal – collaboration and the Police National Database takes the existing information and makes it more accessible, ensuring officers can bring together disparate pieces of information into a meaningful pattern. The PND is more than an IT system, it is a weapon in the fight against crime and terrorism.”
The PND was developed in the wake of the 2004 Bichard inquiry following the Soham murders. The inquiry’s chief recommendation was for the creation of a national police intelligence system that would allow for the sharing of existing data across police forces within the UK.
In March a crime prevention strategy that leverages technology was launched by home secretary Theresa May.
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