The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have appointed Accenture to deliver application management services to the Met, in a five year deal with a potential value reaching £86m.
Accenture is the third big-name IT provider to become part of the Met Police's SIAM/Tower model, under its Total Technology Programme. It follows the Service Integration & Management (SIAM) contract awarded to Atos, and the £250m end-user computing and hosting towers won by CSC.
Under the terms of the agreement, Accenture said it would help the MPS to manage its core IT applications, including enhancing them and "rationalising the application portfolio".
In addition, Accenture will aim to increase the use of digital technology by the service, implement new mobile and analytics solutions, and increase digital interaction between police and citizens.
According to Chris Naylor, digital policing lead at the Met Police, Accenture will help the service to "move to a more modern, flexible IT environment", which in turn will enable it to reduce costs and improve the technology available to help its officers service the public.
The five-year contract has options for one-year extensions, and Accenture claims that 60 new technology roles will be created in Newcastle as a result.
Accenture will be expected to work with Atos, which was awarded the SIAM contract in November. The Met Police decided to press ahead with the SIAM tower model despite a blog by Alex Holmes, deputy director of the Government Digital Service (GDS), suggesting that the tower approach was not in line with government policy and is "not condoned".
While many other public sector bodies, such as the Ministry of Justice and Transport for London (TfL), are in the middle of a SIAM implementation and would therefore find it near impossible to change their strategies midway through, with a fresh contract the Met Police could feasibly have taken a different approach.
The deal comes amid an ongoing focus on technology wthin the Met to improve its operations, such as using tablets to help officers spend more time on the street by processing information on-the-go, rather than back at base.
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