Humberside Police extends deal for criminal intelligence database

Humberside Police has signed a seven year contract extension for Unisys to continue to support and update its central criminal intelligence database.

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Humberside Police has signed a seven year contract extension for Unisys to continue to support and update its central criminal intelligence database.

The Criminal and Intelligence System, now on its fourth version, provides a single point for real time information on crimes and criminals, across different police units including general crime, intelligence and domestic violence.

Humberside Police, which employs 2,270 officers, said the system is central to its crime fighting and interfaces with other key systems, including command and control software and customer relationship management.

The system, also known as CIS4, is web-based and runs on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Exchange 2003, while the data warehouse supplier is Autonomy. Unisys will provide ongoing support from the UK and India.

Under the system, officers can type in a suspect's name and find out the person's address, past convictions, car registration and other relevant information. They can also see information ordered by name or location.

CIS4 holds details of 1.4 million crimes, 1.2 million people, and 6 million intelligence notes. Between 500,000 and 600,000 records were eliminated from the database in recent years by merging or by removing duplication.

Graham Dawson, head of information services at Humberside Police, said CIS4 was “extremely important” to the force’s intelligence on criminals: “This program sits at the hub of our operational capability, and we are pleased to draw on Unisys expertise in justice solutions and support services."

Humberside Police was among the 27 forces across the country to recently receive part of the government’s £50 million funding for police mobile devices.

Last year, it was one of four police forces that were told by the Information Commissioner’s Office to wipe old convictions from the Police National Computer, after it had a record relating to the 1984 theft by a child of a 99p packet of meat.

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