Sussex Police deploys operations surveillance system


Sussex Police deploys operations surveillance system

Antony Savvas

Sussex Police has introduced a Covert Operations Surveillance System (Cops) from crime reduction system supplier


The new system will help improve and speed up the management and processing of surveillance requests and authorisations.

Mike Tagg, Cops project manager at Sussex Police, said that the software is part of the internal information systems strategic plan at Sussex Police, which includes reducing the mass of paperwork that has to be dealt with on a daily basis.

Tagg said, "Since the introduction of the system we have seen an improvement in the quality of surveillance applications submitted, as well as much faster authorisation.

"For example, Cops allows us to distribute documents online rather than through internal mail and it also accepts electronic signatures, which not only cuts out

the manual paper chain, but speeds up the whole process."

Tagg said a surveillance application can now take as little as an hour if everyone has access to the system and completes their part from application to authorisation. Before the implementation of Cops, this process could take up to a couple of days.

ABM has 180 law enforcement users around the world, including the UK's National Criminal Intelligence Service and the Metropolitan Police.

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