The police must make better use of technology and data if they want to reduce crime and bring criminals to justice, Britain’s most senior police officer has said.
Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police said detection rates for some offences were “woefully low” and despite the fact crime was going up the courts were emptying rather than filling.
Ms Dick said when the police investigated the most serious crimes they were very good at making use of technology and data, but it was important the same skills and resources were put to use effectively in other areas of their work.
Delivering the Police Foundation’s annual John Harris Memorial Lecture, she said as well as creating problems for the police to overcome, the digital revolution also offered vast opportunities for investigating crime.
She said: “It seems to me looking forward, that a very large proportion of crimes that occur could be prevented or at least successful investigated in the reasonably near future by the use of data that is already theoretically available and by technology that is already developed.