Guest Blog: The Connected Cop

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    Guest blog from Henry Rex, Programme Manager, Justice And Emergency Services for techUK's "Good to Great Connectivity for the UK" Week #ConnectedFuture

Great connectivity across the UK would deliver a step-change in the way police officers keep the public safe. With sufficient connectivity and bandwidth, officers would be able to share information instantly, allowing for real-time resolution of crimes.

Mobile devices would be able to capture biometric information like fingerprints or DNA as soon as the first officer arrives on the scene of crime, and immediately send that data to the control room for instant analysis. Similarly, video evidence of suspects captured on Body Worn Video or CCTV cameras could be shared with all local officers across a platform, to increase the chances of apprehending them before they’ve gone far.

Live streaming of video footage to control rooms would lead to a dramatic improvement in situational awareness for first responders, enabling them to have a clear view of circumstances as they arrive on scene.

Witness statements at the scene could be recorded immediately and sent back to HQ, meaning the evidence is gathered accurately while events are fresh in the mind. Live streaming of CCTV would also allow for visual verification of alarms, meaning costs of dispatching cars to what turn out to be false alarms could be reduced. The famous Hatton Garden Heist of April 2015 could have been foiled immediately had someone been able to instantly verify whether the triggered alarm was genuine or false.


Guest blog from Henry Rex, Programme Manager, Justice And Emergency Services for techUK's "Good to Great Connectivity for the UK" Week. 

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