Police join up with council in IT project

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THE four police forces in Yorkshire have joined up with the region’s local authorities to share use of an IT network to be used for public services.

This is the first time Yorkshire’s police forces have worked with local authorities in this way.

It is hoped the project will reduce costs, make the sharing of buildings much easier and allow for a more collaborative approach to procuring contracts.

Head of Regional Collaboration, deputy chief constable Mark Whyman, said: “This is about public services working together with new technology to improve services to our communities.

“The number of partners involved is impressive and by working together with suppliers we really can make a difference in how we develop and use IT to get the best value for money.”

The eight councils officially signed up to the project are: Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Calderdale Council, Doncaster Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council, Sheffield City Council and Wakefield Council.

Work is ongoing to expand the partnership to include health, higher education and other public sector organisations as the project progresses

Mark Burns-Williamson, councillor and chair of Yorkshire & the Humber’s Joint Police Authorities Committee said: “In these times of economic austerity this is a very worthwhile project.”