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Date Responded 23 August 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. Do you have a procurement policy which supports the use of UK Government IT procurement frameworks, such as G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes and Specialists?

2. Has your organisation adopted a strategy or IT policy guidance for using:

(Please indicate yes or no for each)

•Hyperscale public cloud (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform)

•Other cloud (e.g. UK Cloud)

•Software as a Service (e.g. Office 365) 

2.1. Who is responsible for each?

3. How many on-premise data centres do you own?

(In this context, a ‘data centre’ is a secure processing facility which hosts one or more IT systems)

4. How many third-party data centres do you use?(i.e. for colocation) 

5. Do you use cloud for storing data / applications?

6. Expressed in percentage terms, approximately what proportion of your data and applications are held in:

•An on-premise data centre

•A third-party data centre

•Hyperscale public cloud (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform)

•Other public cloud (e.g. UK Cloud)

•Private cloud 

7. Is your IT primarily managed in-house or is it outsourced?

8. Do you share your IT infrastructure and services with any other organisation?

(i.e. do you have shared services arrangements)

9. Do you have a central IT department?

10. Who in your organisation is responsible for driving your cloud strategy?

11. If your organisation does have a cloud strategy, what are the main drivers?

(Please indicate yes or no for each)

•Cost savings





•Other (please specify): 

12. In the next 12 months are you looking to procure any of the following?

(Please indicate yes or no for each)

• On-premise data centre

• Colocation facilities

•Physical IT infrastructure

•Hyperscale public cloud services (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform)

•Other public cloud services (e.g. UK Cloud)

•Private cloud services

•Outsourced IT managed services 

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the ICT & Procurement Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

1. Yes, wherever possible the Force will utilise existing Frameworks. This option will be explored at the very start of the process when the sourcing strategy is compiled. This applies to all procurements including ICT.  

2. Yes - Software as a Service (e.g. Office 365).  All others are ‘no’.

2.1.  Head of ICT, Ian Woodward, is responsible for the delivery of the ICT strategy.

3.  3

4.  Nil.

5.  No.

6.  Under the FOIA, we are not required to calculate a percentage for the sake of an FOI request.

7.  In-house.

8.  No.

9.  Yes.

10.  Ian Woodward, Head of ICT.  In addition, you may wish to visit the link below for further information/reading on NPTC ‘National ICT Strategic Principles’ Document.

11.  Yes - Cost savings

       Yes - Scalability

       Yes - Agility

       Yes - Security

       Yes - Modernisation 

12.  No -  On-premise data centre

       No -  Colocation facilities

       Yes - Physical IT infrastructure

       No -  Hyperscale public cloud services (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform)

       No -  Other public cloud services (e.g. UK Cloud)

       No -  Private cloud services

       No -  Outsourced IT managed services 

Further information on ICT contracts can be found on the Bluelight Procurement Database below. 

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