The Home Office has extended its contract with CGI for the Police National Database (PND) for a further three years.
The PND forms part of the Impact programme recommended by the 2004 Bichard Inquiry into the intelligence failures that contributed to Soham killer Ian Huntley being allowed to take a job as a school caretaker before murdering two girls in 2002.
Its aim was finally to allow police forces to electronically share, access and search existing local intelligence and operational information nationally, integrating data from custody, crime, intelligence, child abuse and domestic abuse into a central system.
CGI claimed that the PND currently processes over three billion searchable records, and that over four million searches are performed each year by officers licensed to access the database.
The database has had several new features added in recent years, including visualisation software, automatic alerts and improved search.
Under the terms of the contract extension, CGI will be tasked with "disaggregating" relationships with other suppliers involved in the delivery of the PND.
This means that the Home Office will be able to directly manage relationships with hardware and software providers that are part of the programme. In addition, the PND will be transitioned to the Crown Hosting services.
Steve Thorn, senior vice president of the UK public sector at CGI, explained that the PND has taken the existing information police officers were using and made it more accessible, ensuring that officers can "bring together disparate pieces of information into a meaningful pattern".
The initial PND contract was worth £75m. Financial terms of the contract extension have not yet been disclosed.
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