Police forces in England and Wales hold more than 65 million operational records in more than 270 separate local databases, however, most of these local databases don't communicate with each other - and the information owned by one force is not visible to others across the UK.
The national IMPACT programme
The IMPACT programme was established following the recommendations published in Sir Michael Bichard's inquiry after the conviction of Ian Huntley for the murder of the two Soham schoolgirls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
The main recommendations from the Bichard Inquiry revolve around IT solutions to improve the management and sharing of information and intelligence by the police service at national and local levels.
Bichard also made many other recommendations which involve the Court Service, the Home Office, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), the Department of Health and the Criminal Records Bureau.
In summary, the Bichard recommendations relate to the following areas of work, for police forces and the agencies mentioned above.
If you wish to contact the IMPACT Implementation Team at Lancashire please email us Impact@lancashire.pnn.police.uk