South-east police forces to create £500k data-analytics platform

POLICE forces in south-east England are teaming up to create a data analytics tool that could be used by the entire workforce of up to seven forces.

The Data Analytics for Everyone system will be populated by data from Essex Police. The platform will be available for use by the entire workforce – including both officers and civilian staff – of both Essex Police and its neighbour to the south: Kent Police.

In time, the system may be opened to users from the five other forces – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk – that are part of a procurement collective that spans south-east England.

In the immediate term, Essex and Kent are seeking to appoint “a suitably experienced and qualified supplier” to three-year contract – with an optional 12-month extension. The deal, which is scheduled to come into effect around mid-October, is expected to be worth about £500,000 to the winning bidder.

The contract notice said that the forces are looking for “an IT application or software package that can intelligently use and interpret data provided by the contracting authority to look at trends and anomalies… and present this data in a way that is clear, creative, visually exciting and easily understandable for every user”.

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