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Digitisation has saved West Midlands Police £5m—and that’s just the start

Wearable "early warning systems" are in the pipeline—though this raises concerns about privacy

By Will Mosseri-Marlio  

West Midlands Police officers ©WMP

Read more: Cybercrime: how should we respond to digital threats?

The police are not renowned for their adoption of digital technology. Forces in England and Wales were recently found by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to have “weak and ageing” IT capability. Given the growth in cybercrime—which includes extremism coordinated online—addressing this shortcoming is not just a nice gesture towards increasingly tech-savvy citizens; it is an absolute priority.

A partnership between West Midlands Police (WMP) and Accenture, the management consultancy company, examined in…

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