Sussex and Surrey police team up to bag funding

Katy Bourne. PCC for Sussex.
Katy Bourne. PCC for Sussex.

A JOINT bid for government funding made by Surrey and Sussex Police is set to improve public online services across the two police forces.

The home office has awarded Surrey and Sussex Police two years funding, worth over £300,000 from the government’s innovation fund.

This money will be spent on the collaborative development of online public self-services, such as applications for reporting crimes and incidents.

Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am delighted the home office has approved this innovative approach to working together, which will provide improved services to the public and represent value for money.

“Working together will mean these applications can be rolled out to the public much more quickly and they will also be hosted on a national online platform enabling them to be adopted in other force areas.”

“At a time when we are being asked to find significant savings in the police budget, this funding will help us to find more efficient and effective ways of working that deliver financial savings for the future.

“The home office will be making a further £50m available through the police innovation fund in 2014/15.

“We will be submitting future bids for developing mobile technology to increase the visibility of frontline officers and for improved systems to enable faster access to information with other police forces and partners.”