The Metropolitan Police have enlisted the help of Google to transform their digital capabilities in helping to reduce crime.
Police chiefs are hoping Google’s technology will enable them to identify more offenders to cut costs and save police officers time.
The move will see the force use Microsoft 365 and introduce cloud-based services to all employees of the Met Police, thus providing more readily available information whilst on patrol.
Angus McCallum, Scotland Yard’s chief information officer said, “Technology gives us the most incredible opportunity to identify more offenders, intervene before crimes are committed, locate fugitives or missing persons, as well as proving associations and motivations.
“But, importantly, technology gives our evidence greater integrity and gives us greater legitimacy.
“Our work with Microsoft will enable us to seize the opportunities enabled by digital technology to achieve the best outcomes in the pursuit of justice and the support of victims.”
Microsoft said their E5 security platform and Advanced Threat Protection will help to protect all sensitive information along with detecting potential cyber threats.
Cindy Rose, chief executive of Microsoft UK said, “Data is at its most valuable when it is harnessed to tackle the most important societal issues facing citizens.
“The combination of Microsoft 365, Azure, digital forensics and analytics will put London’s police officers on the front foot when it comes to what matters most to citizens, reducing levels of crime and keeping everyone in London safer.”