On 26 March 2014, the Home Office sent details to PCCs of criteria for bidding into the 2014-15 Innovation Fund.
Deadline for submitting applications is 30 April. A significant amount of work has gone into developing bids for assessment against the criteria set out by the Home Office.
A review of all bids has now taken place. The following projects are believed to meet the criteria, can be delivered within funding timeframes and are expected to contribute towards the aims and objectives of the PCC.
Bids will only be considered by the Home Office where they are supported by the PCC and signed off by the PCC’s Chief Finance Officer. The PCC is, therefore, asked to support the following bids to the Innovation Fund:
- Expansion of Citrix Capability. Bid for £169k. PCC to contribute a further £142k. This bid is to expand the ICT infrastructure. It will create a virtual environment capable of hosting multiple ICT systems. This will generate savings through reduced hardware and licence costs, reduced energy use and a reduction in administration costs.
- Web Chat and Knowledge Trial. Bid for £60k. PCC to contribute a further £40k. This project will enable Cleveland Police to explore new ways for the public and partners to interact through the use of web chat and knowledge capability. Web chat will enable the public to engage with the Control Room online in real time.
- Resource and Service Modelling. Bid for £175k. PCC to contribute a further £126k. This project will develop a demand management model initially for Cleveland Police. It will then be expanded to incorporate other agencies.
- Digitisation of business processes and enhancement of mobile capacity. Bid for £260k. PCC to contribute a further £390. This bid is to enhance the mobile capability of the force via the provision of a local mobile application development platform. This will provide offline access to business critical information and procedures and also allow for future development of mobile applications.
- Improved Victim Support. Bid for £30k. PCC to contribute a further £30k. A behavioural science expert would be engaged to review the communications and processes used. He/she would then recommend an approach which meets the needs of victims and helps them to make the right decisions
- Patient Records. Bid for £9k. PCC to contribute a further £7k. This project will provide health care professionals who work in Police custody suites access to the National Summary Care record via a secure NHS connection.