The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the West Midlands has revealed plans to design and implement a "radical" £150 million business and ICT change programme.
It is seeking an 'Innovation and Integration Partner' (IIP) to carry out the work over a five-year period.
The news comes shortly after Home Office Minister Damian Green made a speech declaring centralised IT for police a "thing of the past" and that he would like to see a technology revolution for the forces over the next five years.
The PCC has said that it will establish a team to work with the IIP and that it hopes that the programme will help “deliver better policing services to those that live and work in the West Midlands”.
It hopes that the teams will “design a new operating model, which will identify West Midlands Police's capability requirements in its people, information, communications, customer relations, resources, business improvement and technology”.