Staffordshire Police Signs £100m IT Deal with Boeing

policeA £100m IT contract with defence firm Boeing will put Staffordshire Police at the “forefront of policing in the UK”, the force said.

The partnership will see an upgrade to the force’s IT systems, police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis said.  He said the upgrade would mean the force could share more information with counterparts and security services.

Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said officers had been hampered by outdated technology.

Staffordshire Police have already been issued with body-worn cameras and mobile devices, Mr Ellis said.

Boeing, which supplies the British armed forces, beat 52 other companies to secure the contract, which could run for 10 years.

Mr Ellis said, “As crime becomes more complex, with borders for criminals swept aside because of the internet and social media, it is essential that we ensure police have the right technology to tackle crime locally and wider.”

The force hopes better information on criminals will help spot early warning signs to prevent crime.

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