asked Her Majesty's Government:
When the Police Information Technology Organisation withdrew support for the Police Direct messaging service; how many police officers were using it at the time of withdrawal; how much notice of withdrawal was given to police forces; why it was withdrawn; and when it is planned to resume the service. [HL3194]
The Police Direct messaging service was one of a number of services provided by the police portal, the contract for which was managed by the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) and expired on 31 March 2007. PITO was abolished when the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) vested on 1 April 2007. As provision of any national service similar to the portal will be a matter for NPIA, working with the police service, I have asked the NPIA chief executive to write to the noble Lord to explain the background to the decision not to extend the contract for the police portal. A copy of the reply will be placed in the House Library.