The new deal, made possible by savings in other areas from the £319,000 annual IT budget of the Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk force means that all Scotland's police forces are clients of the software giant.
David Stirling, head of IT for Central Scotland Police, yesterday hailed the move on the grounds that it would improve operational efficiencies and help compliance with new guidelines about inter-force co-operation imposed in the wake of the Bichard Report into the Soham murder case.
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