BHH has apparently predicted that the Met can do something better than any other public sector organisation has managed to do to date.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has predicted the force’s deployment of mobile technology will buck the trend of failing public sector IT projects and deliver benefits both to victims of crime and officers.
All frontline officers are supposedly to be issued with data-connected tablets on which they’ll be able to record details of crimes, photograph evidence and issue crime reference numbers without needing to return to base.
Now don’t laugh, but he has combined ‘the best Police leaders’ with ‘the best IT leaders to oversee the project. No danger of anything going wrong there then. BHH says that he “is confident that our investment will pay off”.
At the same time he sought to reassure that an increase in dependence on IT will not be used as an excuse to reduce officer numbers, despite the recently announced further budget cuts.
All I can say is that they’d better be buying TonkaPads because if something can be broken, Met cops will break it, lose it, run it over or drop it down the toilet.
I can see the need to do something with IT because all the Police Buildings in London seem to be pubs or very expensive flats/apartments. now. I dread to think where locker space is provided, and I’m pretty certain the Snooker Rooms went years ago along with the Plan Drawer’s Office. No space for writing Crime Reports up, maybe this is all part of a Master Plan to reduce crime, make it more difficult to record. Of course the IT on these tablets will be faultless with 100% reliability meaning no down time.
It’s a common sight in DeadBadgerShire to Police Vehicles parked up in a layby with the single-crewed officer tapping away at a keyboard within. Saves on fuel and wear n tear as well reducing trips back to the Station.
Don’t get me wrong, I love technology, gadgets (not Gadget) but gadgets and gizzmos have to be part of the solution in an area like Policing, not the whole solution. Is it only me that thinks that chatting to a crusty PC (are there any left?) or a sweaty DS when you go back to record the crime can sometimes have a positive outcome in relation to the crime you’re recording. Not always but sometimes. Gods knows, clues are few and far between, anything helps. Hitting SEND at the end of keying it in and giving the victim the corresponding crime number seems a little bit clinical and unsatisfactory to me, but I’m also aware that with dwindling numbers, and far worse to come, extravagances like chatting to the Crime Desk DS are on the way out, or probably already gone in some Forces.
Anyway it’s all going tom paid out of the proceeds of New Scotland Yard being sold off, so it can’t be all bad, can it?