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Officers to spend more time on the beat with new integrated IT system

Move will see officers updating records on-the-spot as opposed to travelling back to station

Officers across the capital are set to have instant access to real-time information at the palm of their hands.

The Met has become the 15th force to sign up to Northgate Public Services’ (NPS) CONNECT system.

Frontline officers will be able to spend more time outside of the station as the all-in-one software enables records to be updated on the go and provides access to information on investigations, custody, suspects and victims on any device.

Ian Blackhurst, executive director safety and health at Northgate Public Services, said: “The Met is focused on modernising its services and making the streets of London safer.

“Integrating our CONNECT technology will enable officers to instantly prioritise resource by using accurate information on cases and evidence giving them the confidence to make informed decisions on the frontline.”

Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Duncan Ball, leading the project, said: “I am very pleased a contract has been signed with Northgate Public Services to deliver an integrated IT system for the Met.

“The technology will transform and improve the way information is shared and managed and greatly support investigations and our work in keeping the public safe and bringing offenders to justice.”