Former energy industry executive to lead Digital Policing team for London force
The UK's largest police force has a new chief information officer. London's Metropolitan Police Service has announced that Angus McCallum has been appointed to the role with a brief to head up its Digital Policing team.
He has joined the Met from BG Group from the oil and gas multinational BG Group, where he was global CIO for five years, and has previously worked for Metrogas, British Gas and Manchester Liners.
The Met's announcement said that McCallum, who will join its management board, will be responsible for implementing its Digital Policing transformation plans, including the introduction of a new target operating model, appointment of a senior leadership team and delivering savings which the Met needs to make through its current transformation plans.
Digital Policing is responsible for the strategic development of ICT within policing in London, including the technology infrastructure, deployment in policing activities and the assessment of emerging technologies.
Craig Mackey, deputy commissioner of the Met Police, said: “Over the next three to four years we envisage an unprecedented transformation of our technology. Under Angus’ stewardship, we will deliver the transformation to equip our officers with cutting edge mobile technology, enabling them provide a faster and more effective response to crime across London.
"We will implement a series of new fast and flexible online services that will also allow Londoners to interact with us in different ways. Angus brings solid experience to help shape these changes and will, I am sure, make an outstanding contribution in delivering the step change in the MPS ICT capability.”
McCallum said: “Maximising the use of technology – particularly mobile and digital technology to enable frontline police officers to be more effective as well as strengthening the police/public partnership is a fantastic challenge – working with the UK’s biggest police force who have responsibility for one of the top cities in the world is an added bonus."
The appointment marks the end of a lengthy process, with the deadline for initial applications having been in May of last year.
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