Police get new investigations system

Unisys has released version 11 of HOLMES 2 (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System), the UK’s primary major investigation system for the police.

Unisys has released version 11 of HOLMES 2 (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System), the UK’s primary major investigation system for the police.

The solution features IDOL data aggregation and analysis technology from Autonomy, to assist UK police forces investigating major crimes.

Unisys is also using Autonomy technology to provide UK police forces with the ability to synchronise HOLMES 2 investigations with other critical intelligence and background information held in other applications.

This move is designed to break down the barriers between information silos, said the two companies.

Unisys has extended its relationship with Autonomy to offer a data warehouse and intelligence analysis system under the Active Intelligence Program.

Police forces that have already implemented these capabilities include South Yorkshire, Humberside, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

David Rock-Evans, head of information systems at South Yorkshire Police, said, “In a complex investigation, officers often don’t know what to search for, let alone the exact keywords that will lead them to useful information.

“Since this technology can point out potential avenues of investigation, it will prove invaluable for officers as they face ever more complex cases and more experienced criminals,” he said.

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