Invitation to Tender

Durham Constabulary


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Invitation to Tender


Development of a Neighbourhood Watch Application




Amended By

Details of Amendments



Sidney Tambin

Initial Draft


1. Introduction

Durham Constabulary wishes to develop a ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ mobile application in conjunction with Sunderland University. The purpose of the app is to bring the wealth of information contributed by the Neighbourhood Watch members in to one central resource pool whilst at the same time make relevant information available to members

It is believed that by using a mobile application for the Neighbourhood Watch project Durham Constabulary can embrace modern technology allowing the community to share potential intelligence. In addition, this will allow the police force to announce important information in a timely manner by pushing notifications to the Neighbourhood watch team’s devices. This project has the potential to offer a unique and ground-breaking development opportunity that has the potential to be rolled out to Policing UK.

1.1. Submission and Evaluation of Proposals

Durham Constabulary has approached Sunderland University to assist in the preparation and selection of teams to participate in the project. Teams wishing to engage within the project should approach the necessary staff at Sunderland University. In carrying out the evaluation of the proposals Durham Constabulary will consider:

  • A Project that is deemed as fit for purpose

· Team that has considered all project requirements

· A project solution that encompasses a comprehensive and secure technical solution

Students are asked to submit their project proposals by the date set out by the University. During the later stages of the evaluation, students will be required to give a formal presentation of the proposal to the Durham Constabulary project board on a date to be confirmed.

2. Objectives of Proposed Application

The key objective is for a cross platform application to be developed in such a way that Durham constabulary can receive opportune information from the Neighbourhood Watch members. In addition, the mobile application should offer Durham Constabulary a simple method for submitting information or instructions that will be in turn sent to individual devices by means of push notifications. The app should offer a modern but uncluttered interface that is simple for users to use without prior training.

Ideally the application should seamlessly interact with existing Durham Constabulary systems to alert the appropriate staff members of newly submitted information from Neighbourhood Watch users. Teams should consider flexible expansion for future proofing if additional modules were attached to the application. Because of the nature of the information that is to be sent and received, a security strategy should be proposed to keep data safe and secure during transmission. At the very least the mobile application should offer password access and tiered access to certain information depending on the user’s clearance level.

3. General Requirements

Project Teams will be invited to meet with the project team from Durham Constabulary to gain a greater understanding of the structure of information, the complexity of technology involved and the importance of a well-developed security strategy. There are minimum requirements in place in terms of employer engagement throughout the project; however Durham Constabulary has maintained that it will provide whatever level of input and support is required.

In addition to the mobile application, the programme should also work across IT systems as it will be necessary for Durham Constabulary to input data through a desktop interface.

4. Hardware and Software Requirements

The chosen application approach should ideally have the functionality to be routinely updated as data is input by the general public and information pushed to Neighbourhood Watch members. This solution will supply Durham Constabulary with “real time” information available at anytime, anywhere.

4.1 Hardware Requirements

The mobile application should take in to account the specifications and limitations of the IT infrastructure at Durham Constabulary. The specifications of portable devices should also be considered as this is the primary purpose of the project. Possible application requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Cross platform compatibility.

· For the application to suit a variety of device screen sizes.

· Integration with portable devices’ layered security settings.

· Consideration of the specifications of a variety of applications.

· For the application to have a universal functionality as well as look and feel across a range of devices.

4.2 Software Requirements

The specific software developed should not only be compatible and interact with the interface in place at Durham Constabulary, but it should also be capable of extracting data from a variety of sources. It is necessary for the application to include appropriate security features as standard. For example, the app must offer the capability of only allowing access to sensitive information through a password controlled environment owing to the confidentiality of the data.

5. Technical Considerations

Students can choose any appropriate development environment and tools for the purpose of the project providing that it fits the requirements and objectives set out above. Teams should consider the cross platform nature of the application, the practicality of any included functionality and the security implications of sending and receiving large volumes of data using an unmonitored internet connection. It is therefore suggested that the software development aspect incorporates HTML 5, JavaScript or any other dynamic technology that is seen to enhance the user experience. Ultimately, the software should benefit Durham constabulary in the tracking, compiling and resolving elements of criminal activity.