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Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction
Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction
Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction
Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction
Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction
Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction
Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction
Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction
Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction
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Smart Policing: Review of the Met's IT spending & crime reduction

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  • 1. Smart policing A review of the Met’s technology spending BUDGET & PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION – August 2013
  • 2. 1 We held a series of public meetings with the Met, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and technology specialists Our investigation examined the challenges facing the Met as it tries to cut spending on technology as part of a 20% reduction in overall spending by March 2016.
  • 3. 2 The Met cannot afford to maintain out-dated and inefficient systems. We believe the Met recognises the need to get a grip on ICT spending – and highlight that the force could have been more efficient, and crime lower, had this happened earlier. The Met has over 750 separate systems put together over the last 40 years. Of these, 90% are expected to be redundant by 2015.
  • 4. 3 In our report, we have identified three key technologies which we believe would help the Met achieve this: We believe that plans to cut the ICT budget by £60m are ambitious but achievable, given previous overspending, and that new technology can bring significant efficiencies.
  • 5. 4 The Met are planning to roll out up to 20,000 devices to officers over the coming year. We believe this is welcome but warn that they must be implemented carefully to realise the full benefits. Mobile devices could allow officers to access information directly from the Met’s central systems while on the beat.
  • 6. 5 The Met should introduce similar technology in London In Los Angeles the police department uses predictive mapping techniques to spot likely crime hotspots and allocate officers in advance of crimes being committed. CREDIT: PredPol
  • 7. @MPSinthesky has more than 50,000 followers, but the Met could do more to develop coherent policies and guidelines to help other officers interact with the public through social media. 6 Social media offers a cheap and effective platform to reach out to communities. CREDIT: @MPSinthesky
  • 8. 7 The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime should make it a priority to identify how much funding is needed and where it will be found. New technology is not cheap. It will need significant upfront investment at a time when the Met’s overall budget is shrinking.
  • 9. For more details about all the recommendations in our report, please visit: www.london.gov.uk/assembly

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