Met Police begins search for replacement CIO

The Metropolitan Police is searching for a CIO to implement its Total Technology IT strategy

The Metropolitan Police is searching for a new CIO to implement its Total Technology IT strategy.

Former CIO and director of digital policing Richard Thwaite left the force earlier this month at the end of his interim contract, having overseen the creation of the new strategy and led a project to introduce iPads for officers on the beat.

The job is being covered by another interim, John Lowry, an expert in business turnarounds and restructuring, according to his LinkedIn profile. The Met Police said it expects to advertise for a full-time replacement in the near future.

The Met Police Total Technology strategy was launched 12 months ago to provide better technology to police officers in London and to overhaul the force’s back-end systems. The IT strategy was expected to receive investment of £200m over three years and aims to cut ongoing IT costs by 30%.

“Fundamentally, the tech is pretty old,” said Thwaite in an interview with Computer Weekly last year. “It’s had a long life and we’re at the state where it needed a lot doing in terms applications and infrastructure – it needed a complete refresh. It’s a great opportunity to transform the Met Police through technology and create a truly digital police force.”

The Met’s current outsourced IT contracts are due to expire in the coming years – its main deal with Capgemini ends this year – and it is following a tower-model approach for their replacement, which involves breaking down the common software components into building blocks and implementing a service integrator to oversee this layered structure.

The towers will cover network communications (including telephony), datacentres and hosting, user computing and applications. There will also be a number of limited cross-tower systems, including the new command and control centre, due to go live in October 2015, for which Lockheed Martin is acting as systems integrator in a £90m deal awarded last year.

According to a London Assembly report in 2013, 70% of the Met’s technology platforms are redundant, with that figure expected to rise to 90% by 2016. The Met Police has more than 400 separate IT systems in use, with some dating back to the 1970s.

The Met Police is also outsourcing its HR, payroll and procurement divisions through a business process outsourcing deal with a joint venture between the government and French IT service provider Steria, known as Shared Services Connected.

Met Police Total Technology strategy

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