Home Office agrees three year police database extension with CGI
CGI to 'disaggregate' relationship with other suppliers involved in PND delivery; database expected to account for 6m searches this year
The Home Office has agreed a three-year contract extension with CGI for the supplier to build and operate the Police National Database (PND).
The contract, which was originally signed in 2009, would otherwise have come to an end this year after a seven-year term, though it did have up to three possible one-year extensions. The new contract will now run until early 2019.
Under the terms of the extension, financial details of which have not been disclosed, CGI has been asked to disaggregate relationships with other suppliers that are involved in PND delivery, meaning that the Home Office will ultimately be able to directly manage relationships with other hardware and software providers that are part of the programme. The PND will also eventually be transitioned to the Crown Hosting Service.
The PND was developed in the wake of the 2004 Bichard inquiry following the Soham murders. The inquiry recommended the creation of a national police intelligence system that would allow the sharing of existing data across police forces within the UK. The national lead on PND for the National Police Chiefs Council is Mike Barton, the chief constable of Durham Constabulary.
A senior spokesman for CGI indicated that the number of enquiries of the PND has seen a considerable increase. While it took three years for the number of enquiries to reach 10m, the number of searches this year alone is expected to reach 6m.
The PND has been through a series of significant enhancements recently including the introduction of big data visualisation technologies, digital-focused search capability and automatic alerts and repeat searches. Future developments are likely to focus on moving the PND onto mobile platforms and also integrating it into the Home Office-led Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) which is due to be completed in late 2019.
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. At CGI we are fully committed to helping the UK public sector to more effectively collaborate across agency and departmental boundaries."