PITO speaks about risk management

At a recent conference Agents for Change – where next? jointly sponsored by HM Treasury and the National School of Government, Phillip Webb, Chief Executive of the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) spoke about how PITO had ensured that continuity with access to the Police National Computer (PNC) was maintained through a number of events last year.

Feb 8, 2007
By David Howell

At a recent conference Agents for Change – where next? jointly sponsored by HM Treasury and the National School of Government, Phillip Webb, Chief Executive of the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) spoke about how PITO had ensured that continuity with access to the Police National Computer (PNC) was maintained through a number of events last year.

The PNC is essential to effective policing which is clearly illustrated by the number of transactions that the system handled. The PNC process around 500,000 transactions a day, averaging over 12 million transactions a month in 2006. During the month of December 2006, there were 11,591,477 transactions performed against the PNC.

Mr Webb said: “The Police National Computer is part of the UK`s national critical infrastructure and it has to work even when other information systems are threatened. Thanks to robust contingency plans, PITO was able to keep the Police National Computer fully operational during two major incidents. PITO`s risk management plans worked when we needed it most.”

2007 will see the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) become operational on April 1. The NIPA will replace PITO and take on many of its current responsibilities.

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