Software "Introduced in the 1980s" Will be Running London's Olympic Police Effort

By Gary Cutlack on at

London's police force will be managing its Olympic policing using the same ancient software systems that contributed to the poor management of and response to the riots of 2011, and were first brought into service back in the 1980s.

News of the Met Police's creaky old software emerged in the force's Strategic Review of what went wrong during the riots that hit the city last year. The London police force's Special Operations Room uses a system known as MetOps, which, due to predating modern communications, is not linked to the Met's Computer Aided Dispatch system which is housed inside the main Central Communications Centre.

The Strategic Review was pretty damning of the situation, stating: "This can result in CCC being unaware of what is being dealt with within SOR and conversely SOR being unaware of what is being dealt with through the CAD system ... The MetOps system is a messaging and recording system not designed for dynamic incident management. This limitation means that Gold and Silver commanders have no simple way to view the latest situation in an evolving incident."

Sounds like it's only one step up from issuing all officers with a baked bean tin and extremely long piece of string. [Strategic Review [PDF] via Tech Week]

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