Northamptonshire Police has been awarded more than £6 million of Home Office funding which will be partly invested in more integration of blue-light services.
The force says its £6.55 million share of the £16 million doled out to five forces in the East Midlands will also be poured into new technology, pioneering crime investigation and forensic techniques.
The Government’s Innovation Fund is designed to promote collaboration between forces, improve digital working and enable investment in more efficient and effective policing.
Northamptonshire Police has been awarded £1.52 million in support of the ongoing work to bring greater integration between the force and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and just over £3 million more has been allocated for improvements to mobile technology, allowing officers to spend more time on patrol in the community without having to return to a station to complete paperwork.
Funding has also been provided for projects involving all five regional force, including £2.1 million for further investment in body-worn video to help in the collection of evidence of crime while on the front line, as well as £808,000 to support an integrated virtual courts system across the East Midlands, linking all police custody areas, victim suites and courts and helping to improve the service for victims and witnesses.
The region will also trial RapidDNA technology, which allows DNA profiles to be returned inside 90 minutes without needing a skilled technician to operate.
Chief Constable Adrian Lee said: “We welcome this announcement which will provide a very significant financial boost to some key areas where the Force is already demonstrating real innovation.
“These include support for our efforts to bring greater integration with the Fire and Rescue Service and for technological innovation such as more body-worn cameras and, in particular, really important investment in mobile technology that will allow our frontline officers to spend more time in the communities they patrol rather than being reliant on a police station to do their necessary paperwork.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds added: “I am pleased to see the innovation and forward thinking work the Chief Constable and I are leading to protect frontline services has been recognised and supported by this Home Office funding.”