Met Police unveils radical overhaul in information strategy


Met Police unveils radical overhaul in information strategy

Rebecca Thomson

The Metropolitan Police Service has unveiled a number of IT-related measures aimed at improving its use of information.

Its strategic plan for 2010-11, published by the Directorate of Information, includes a plan to start developing e.Met search, a single point of access for all policing information.

The six strategic themes for the Directorate of Information (DoI) include improving the quality of information used by the police. Part of this will involve the procurement of an investigation case-management system.

The DoI will also improve its enterprise architecture by producing an ICT roadmap of key IT systems and refreshing the technology strategy.

"Delivering better programmes" is another part of the strategy and will see the roll-out of mobile data terminals, virtual courts, development of detection technologies for explosives and ongoing Olympic IT work.

The force also wants to use technology to "get closer to customers" and "build a high performance workforce". Part of that will include availability of IT apprenticeships.

Director of information Ailsa Beaton will oversee the strategy, producing monthly reports on the strategy's progress.

"We can no longer afford to respond to every business demand, instead we must have robust IT plans that directly meet corporate objectives for both today's and tomorrow's policing needs within an ever constraining budget," said Ailsa Beaton.

Beaton said IT will be vital in counter-terrorism work and policing the 2012 Olympics.

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