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Police ICT Company chief executive steps down

Neil Merrett Published 24 April 2017

Martin Wyke, who was appointed to lead ICT support organisation three months after it was founded in 2015, left role on April 11; recruitment for replacement expected to commence shortly


Martin Wyke has stood down from his role as chief executive of the Police ICT Company with recruitment for a replacement expected to commence as soon as possible, according to the organisation.

The organisation said in a statement that Wyke had left the position on April 11 in order to take up “other opportunities”.  The chief executive position will be covered in the interim by Robert Leach, with the organisation’s work not intended to be affected by the departure.

Formed in March 2015, the Police ICT Company was established to help provide an overarching IT strategy for forces, while ensuring value for money and improved opportunities for collaboration around technology. It is also designed to act as a centre of knowledge and expertise concerning police IT.

Wyke was appointed chief executive in June 2015, having formerly served as the CIO for telecoms provider TalkTalk.

Earlier this year in an interview with Government Computing , Wyke detailed the organisation’s long-term aims to create a catalogue-style procurement service to provide accredited, standardised technologies such as body worn video equipment.

The aim of such a service would be to allow forces to select from pre-evaluated equipment that can support interoperable or shared working.

“Once it’s out there, almost like a framework agreement, that’s taking a lot of legwork away.  So the forces don’t go and have to do their own procurement deal,” he said at the time of the proposed arrangement.

In January, Wyke said no such decision had been made on who may undertake potential accreditation of testing, or whether it might be overseen by the Police ICT Company, potentially supported by the Crown Commercial Service if the plans go forward.

Last week, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) released its 2016 State of Policing report that identified fragmented police use of technology as being among key concerns facing forces in the UK, echoing similar sentiments from the Home Office and policing organisations.

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