The Metropolitan Police has set-up an internal high-tech crime unit to monitor police officers’ use of internal computer resources.
The unit, created as part of the Met’s anti-corruption strategy, will act as a deterrent to police mis-using computer equipment or disclosing sensitive data about investigations.
The unit will work ATOS Origin to randomly check the personal computers of Met staff to ensure they comply to regulations and codes governing police IT systems.
"This is not just about protecting the integrity of individual investigations or operations. The unauthorised disclosure of information is a threat to the confidence that Londoners place in the Met. The threat can affect our operational effectiveness at every level," said Steve Gwilliam, detective chief super-intendendent in charge of anti-corruption.
The unit will have seven officers, who were selected for their abilities as detectives and their understanding of computer systems, and have been trained as forensic computer examiners.
The Met issued an Information Code of Conduct governing police use of IT systems earlier this month.