By Stephen Dalzell
Senior Product Line Manager
IBM i2 law enforcement solutions
I doubt if it will come as a surprise to anyone if I were to point out that, around the planet, law enforcement agencies are facing challenging times. The public, who, let's face it, picks up the tab for law enforcement, have ever higher expectations of what those agencies should achieve, while budget restrictions and population growth, especially in cities, constrain growth of law enforcement agencies to meet relentless threat to public safety that the prevalence of increasingly sophisticated, organized, and violent criminals pose.
If all those challenges weren't enough to contend with, add in the seemingly unending and near exponential rise in the world's available data and technology and it becomes obvious that the needs of today's officers, detectives, administrators, and managers are formidable indeed. Not only must they reduce costs while gaining efficiency to ensure the safety of the public and of officers, but the modern techniques require them to do this while improving information sharing and collaboration. Information sharing and collaboration are the surest way to mitigate the risks posed by dangerous, violent, and organized criminality.
Ever since the Metropolitan Police Service was established on September 29, 1829 in London as the first modern and professional police force in the world, law enforcement agencies have been canny and often early adopters of technology to help them fight crime. Today the call from the descendants of those early pioneers is to provide, through the use of technology, a common operational picture and real time situational awareness to meet the challenges (and, let's face it, the business "targets") to reduce crime. Robert Peel himself famously said, when forming the Police Force back in 1829, "Whether the police are effective is not measured on the number of arrests, but on the lack of crime" and modern technology and forward thinking law enforcement are better placed than ever to make this a reality - despite the challenges.
What's available to help meet modern law enforcement needs? Police departments that today apply the force multiplier of advanced tools to help close their operational gaps are the ones best positioned to fight crime and ensure public safety tomorrow. The IBM Redguide publication Integrated Law Enforcement: A Holistic Approach to Solving Crime highlights a pre-configured law enforcement solution from IBM that provides the optimum knowledge tools with a holistic view of policing and partner agencies to focus solely on the mission of predicting, preventing and defeating criminal and terrorist threats.
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