As an organisation we hold a large amount of data in order to do our jobs. We know that in today's high technology environment, the threats to information systems from criminals and terrorists are increasing. 

As an organisation we hold a large amount of data in order to do our jobs. We know that in today's high technology environment, the threats to information systems from criminals and terrorists are increasing. In order to share the data with those that need it and protect it from those that don’t, information security and records management are fundamental to how the police manage many of the challenges faced in policing today.  It is vital for maintaining public confidence and for the safe and secure conduct of operations and services. 

Without robust information assurance governance and processes, there is a significant risk of compromise, potentially leading to the facilitation of crime, public safety issues, hindrance to investigations, financial loss, damage to organisational reputation and, consequently, a reduction in confidence from the public and partners.

Information assurance provides the mechanism by which the police service identifies risk and satisfies itself, the public and partners that security arrangements are fit for purpose and that identified risks are managed effectively, collectively and proportionately. It underpins all areas of policing in support of the policing requirement to keep people safe and legal requirements, for example the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).