Surrey Police response to auditors Grant Thornton’s Report into the Surrey Police Siren ICT project which has today been published on the Audit Commission website.Â Chief Constable Lynne Owens said: “This has been a challenging episode for Surrey Police and we welcome the Report’s findings and its recommendations. There was a significant amount of public money spent, albeit over a number of years, on developing the SIREN project, which ultimately wasn’t implemented. This is of course a matter of regret for us.Â “The Report makes clear that external circumstances changed significantly between when the SIREN project started to when it was stopped.Â “The problems that arose in the Force’s handling of the SIREN project are not endemic, and the audit states Surrey Police has a proven record of successfully delivering change, including this being recognised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies in 2013. However, we are not complacent and are continually improving how we deliver and govern change to ensure that spend is prioritised on supporting operational policing.Â “Surrey Police has already made improvements since the handling of the SIREN project, as can be evidenced by the successful installation of Niche RMS which replaced SIREN as our new crime, case and custody ICT system. Other significant changes since the SIREN project include a Joint Procurement Team with Sussex, a new head of change role across Surrey and Sussex Police, a new shared Chief Information Officer role across both forces as well as new processes for governing and managing a wide range of on-going complex collaboration projects.â€Â Detailed Q&A about Surrey Police’s proposed response to the recommendations and more widely to the report is available here:http://www.surrey.police.uk/about-us/your-right-to-information/published-information/auditsÂ Surrey Police and the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner will be holding a public meeting at 19.00 on Friday 27th June 2014 at the H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, Church Street East, Woking, GU21 6HJ for us to openly consider the Report’s findings and the Force response to them and to answer any questions from the public about the Report.Â Any members of the public wishing to attend are requested to register by emailingÂ [email protected]surrey.pnn.police.ukÂ or callÂ 01483 571212Â with their details. Alternatively any questions can be emailed to the Force on this email and answers will be posted on the Force website.The meeting meets the obligations on the Force and the Police and Crime Commissioner under section 12 of the Audit Commission Act 1998.Â As soon as is practical after the meeting, the PCC and Force will share the decisions made at the meeting with the auditor in a draft notice which, once approved by them, will be published in a local newspaper circulating in the area, pursuant to section 12(2) and 12(3) of the above Act.