Police and crime commissioners in the South West are to receive Government funding totalling around £1.6 million for innovative projects.
They discussed the Home Office funding at the first of their regular meetings with regional chief constables.
The largest award was almost £1 million to transform the use and storage of digital imaging evidence in Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and Avon and Somerset.
Home Secretary Theresa May wrote to commissioners last November to let them know she was launching an Innovation Fund totalling £50million per year from 2014/15. A fund of £20 million was made available in the current year. Three joint bids for money were submitted by the five regional constabularies.
Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: "Each of these three projects offers the potential to transform how we work."