Microsoft is supporting the Met’s drive to become a data-driven organisation, accelerating the police service’s digital transformation, creating a modern working environment across the force and enabling a digitally-supported approach to policing.
Microsoft 365 will be rolled out to all Met Police employees, enabling officers and staff to spend more time with communities, less time on manual tasks and be better equipped with the information they need to protect the most vulnerable members of society. Officers will be able to access information more easily while on patrol, and Microsoft Teams will improve collaboration and communications across the workforce and among wider communities. All information will be protected through the use of Microsoft’s E5 security platform and Advanced Threat Protection, utilising advanced analytics and automation to detect potential cyber threats.
Microsoft is also working with the Met to develop innovative new digital investigation processes using Azure cloud storage capabilities, automation, scalable compute and advanced data techniques. As a result, officers will be able to speed up the investigation process, while giving senior management clearer oversight of investigation costs.
The Met will use Microsoft Azure to host and deliver critical applications to help support the Mayor’s commitment to keeping Londoners safe, and respond to threats in the capital. More than 45,000 users have also been migrated to Office 365.
“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,” said Angus McCallum, Chief Information Officer at the Metropolitan Police Service. “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.”
“Data is at its most valuable when it is harnessed to tackle the most important societal issues facing citizens”, said Cindy Rose, Chief Executive of Microsoft UK. “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.”