Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has told the assembly’s Budget and Performance Committee that nearly 70% of the technology platforms used by the London Metropolitan Police Service are obsolete – some of them date back to the 1970s – and this would increase to 90% unless a long-term IT strategy is put into place. Moreover, police offers often have to wait up to 30 minutes to log on to their computers.
John Biggs AM, chair of the committee has described this as shocking, adding that “The public want to see officers on the street tackling crime, not struggling with antique technology back at the station.
“The Met cannot afford to go on like this. Its forthcoming strategy must address these problems while focusing on the potential that new technology offers, to drive down costs while increasing productivity and boosting public confidence.”