The Metropolitan Police Service has announced the appointment of a new chief information officer to oversee the use of technology at the force and improve policing in the capital.
Angus McCallum has landed the role having joined from BG Group where he served as CIO for five years.
His new role will be to oversee the appointment of other senior digital leaders in the Met as well as find cost savings in IT requirements.
However, his key responsibility will be to run the Met's Digital Policing project, involving the use of tools such as tablets and mobile devices to improve note-taking and allow officers to stay on the streets for longer.
The project is just one element of a wider Total Technology project at the Met designed to radically overhaul technology use in the force as part of a £200m upgrade.
Met deputy commissioner Craig Mackey explained that McCallum is ideally suited to the role and will lead the Met forward with a focus on making better use of technology for policing in the capital.
“Over the next three to four years we envisage an unprecedented transformation of our technology. Under McCallum’s stewardship, we will deliver the transformation to equip our officers with cutting-edge mobile technology, enabling them to provide a faster and more effective response to crime across London," he said.
"We will implement a series of new, fast and flexible online services that will also allow Londoners to interact with us in different ways. McCallum brings solid experience to help shape these changes and will, I am sure, make an outstanding contribution in delivering the step change in the Met's ICT capability.”
The appointment was also announced on Twitter.
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