Nottinghamshire Police is receiving daily, rather than monthly, updates about crime in the county after implementing business intelligence software.
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The force integrated Business Objects' Performance Manager software with its core crime-reporting application, ABM Crime Module.
Performance Manager, which is repopulated with data from the ABM system every day between 6am and 7am, enables officers to search for different types of crime and for levels of crime in different areas.
Before Performance Manager was implemented, officers had to wait for monthly reports from the National Management Information System - an application that Nottinghamshire Police uses to file its regulatory returns.
When the police force's crime analysts start work at 7am, they can use the data to predict where crimes will happen that day. An accurate pattern of burglaries, for example, might indicate where criminals are likely to strike next.
Martin Hansen, director of information network services at Nottinghamshire Police, said, "It enables us to look long and hard at the operational activities of individual officers. With that knowledge, we can then say how people are performing."
The force has spent the past six months implementing Performance Manager and Business Objects' Dashboard Manager.
Because it has an enterprise agreement with the supplier, the police force is able to increase the number of officers using the system at any time. IT is currently used by 50 staff.