Police use of mobile technology

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4257
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What steps have you taken to increase and improve the Metropolitan Police Service's use of mobile technology to enable officers to work remotely and not be required to return to police stations during their shift?

Answer

Answer for Police use of mobile technology

Answer for Police use of mobile technology

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I made a commitment to support the police to do their job efficiently and effectively, and make best use of officers' time so that they can spend more time on the front line. I committed to investing in new technology that enables officers to access the information and data they need at their fingertips, and to record reports and witness statements speedily without officers having to return to a police station.

Part of my commitment is well underway with the rollout of body worn cameras to over 22,000 frontline officers, this rollout commenced on 17th October in Lewisham. This has many aims including caputuring better video evidence to assist in swifter justice.

The next phase of the mobile technology plan is to rollout laptop computers and tablets which is scheduled to start from March 2017.  This will provide the resources to frontline officers to enable remote working and reducing the time needed to return to the police station.

My Deputy Mayor. Sophie Linden, has close oversight of investment decisions for the coming 12 months, this includes digital technology.