National Policing DCG Futures Group and Communications Data Delivery

Reference code: 
PCD 511
Date signed: 
14 December 2018
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The Metropolitan Police Service has received grant funding from the Home Office (HO) for the National Policing Data Communications Group Futures Group since 2007 and the Communications Data Delivery and National Communications Delivery Service since 2015.

This funding has previously been formalised under an umbrella grant agreement between the HO and MOPAC for the Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCD).

The most recent of these agreements expired on 31 March 2018 and the HO have now drafted new grant agreements for each of these funding streams to cover the current and next financial years.

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is asked to approve the continuation of HO grant funding for the National Policing Data Communications Group Futures Group and Communications Data Delivery and National Communications Delivery Service.

Recommendation

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is recommended to: 

  • Approve the continuation of grant funding from the Home Office for the National Policing Data Communications Group Futures Group for the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020. The value of the grant is £1,046,000 per year.
  • Approve the continuation of grant funding from the Home Office for the Communications Data Delivery and National Communications Delivery Service for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2020. The value of the grant is £130,078 per year.

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The National Policing Data Communications Group (DCG) Futures Group is a sub-group of the National Policing DCG. The group was formed to address the challenges that an increasingly sophisticated and ever-changing communications environment poses for the National Law Enforcement community. The group is concerned with an improved understanding of existing technologies and exploring the impact of new technology and services on investigators.

1.2.    The Home Office (HO) have funded the DCG Futures Group since 2007. This funding has previously been formalised under a series of umbrella grant agreements between the HO and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) for the Communications Capabilities Development (CCD) Programme, which were approved and signed by the MOPAC. However, the most recent grant agreement for the CCD programme expired on 31 March 2018 and HO have now issued a new grant agreement to formalise the funding of the DCG Futures Group for the next two financial years.

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1.    DCG Futures are leading and supporting a number of national projects which are scheduled for completion during 2019 / 20. The projects assist across a wide variety of policing roles which directly impact on the prevent, protect and pursue strategy.

3.    Financial Comments

3.1.    DCG Futures are leading and supporting a number of national projects which are scheduled for completion during 2019 / 20. The projects assist across a wide variety of policing roles which directly impact on the prevent, protect and pursue strategy.

4.    Legal Comments

4.1.    These grants will be paid to the MOPAC in exercise of the power conferred upon the Secretary of State for the Home Department under Section 57 of the Police Act 1996. The Secretary of State may provide and maintain, or may contribute to the provision or maintenance of, such organisations, facilities and services as he considers necessary or expedient for promoting the efficiency or effectiveness of the police.

4.2.    This report seeks MOPAC approval for the continuation of grant funding for DCG Futures and the Communications Data Account Manager. 

4.3.    Para 4.8 of the MOPAC Scheme of Consent and Delegation provides the DMPC with delegated powers to accept any offer of grant funding.

4.4.    The grant agreement will be published under the Elected Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011.

5.    GDPR and Data Privacy 

5.1.    The Privacy Impact Screening Questions were completed for DCG Futures and it was deemed that no Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) was required.

6.    Equality Comments

6.1.    As this is an extension of an existing service this work does not change any aspects relating to equality or diversity. No diversity or equality issues have been raised by the previous CDAM, or the current CDAM.

6.2.    DCG training events utilise professional event teams and ensure disability related issues are addressed during registration and at events. The tools and products developed or identified are integrated into Home Office systems where compliance with UK legislation is the responsibility of their programme teams.

7.    Background/supporting papers

7.1.    Report


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