The National Policing Improvement Agency has upgraded the key police investigation management system, in order to improve forces’ ability to share and find information.
The news comes as the police face increasing pressure to improve information sharing between forces.
Under the new improvements to the ten-year old Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (HOLMES 2), run by supplier Unisys, forces can more easily share information. A new tagging system also enables the police to clearly label and search specific details.
In tests, police found a 40 percent improvement in response times when searching for information. In order to see the information input by another force, however, cross-force agreements have to be in place.
The system helps police process the vast amounts of information generated during investigations, and aids them in identifying critical information links that could hold the key to solving a case.
Jon Stoddart, chief constable at Durham Constabulary, said the system was a vital tool in solving crime. The improved data-sharing between forces “will allow us all to take a more joined-up approach to policing, which can only be a positive step towards tackling crime”, he said.