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Northgate secures two-year extension to national enforcement programme

Northgate Information Solutions today announces that the 42 police forces currently using the national police enforcement solution for Penalty Notices for Disorder will continue to do so for a further two years.

Under agreements worth a total of £1.25m to the company, forces across England and Wales will now continue to benefit from the Northgate Enforcement Solution (NES).This follows the national roll-out of the government’s Penalty Notices for Disorder scheme in 2004, for which Northgate is the approved supplier.

NES supports police forces across the country to deal efficiently and effectively with low-level crime and nuisance behaviour. The system manages offences from point of entry to payment or prosecution and administers all penalty notices issued for minor disorder within a single system, enabling officers to spend less time on paperwork and more time protecting communities.

Ian Blackhurst, Managing Director of Criminal Justice & Public Safety at Northgate Public Services, said today:
“A proactive approach to promoting community well-being, backed up by a strong enforcement system where clear and decisive action is taken to tackle individual concerns can help to enhance public trust and improve service delivery.

“Used effectively, penalty notices can help prevent and deter low-level crime and nuisance behaviour. Our enforcement solutions help to free up police time, enabling them to focus on their core business of building safer communities. We are delighted to be continuing our work in this important area.”

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For further information:

Fellows’ Associates:

Kathy Sutton
Tel: 020 7849 3403
Mob: 07966 890401
Email: ksutton@fellowsassociates.com

Alastair Whitehead
Tel: 020 7849 3347
Mob: 07930 566291
Email: awhitehead@fellowsassociates.com

Notes to Editors:

1. Northgate Information Solutions is a leading provider of innovative technology solutions to the public services and utilities markets. Northgate’s task is to enhance public value through the intelligent use of people and technology, and to share in the economic and social benefits that this brings.

2. In the UK, Northgate works with four out of five local authorities, half of all fire brigades and ambulance trusts and every police force. Its systems are used in the management of over 1.5 million local authority and housing association properties; in the administration of more than £17 billion of revenues and benefits; and in electoral administration systems covering over 18 million people. Northgate administers over 5.5 million penalty notices every year and delivers the national system for reporting police performance. Founded in 1969, the company has over 3,300 employees.

3. Northgate is the government’s chosen provider of penalty notice enforcement systems for anti-social behaviour to the police, enabling the extended police family to issue penalty notices for minor disorder to help promote community well-being. Northgate is also the supplier of enforcement systems for London’s congestion charging scheme.