Digital Tools to Aid Police

Three-quarters of the UK residents think giving police more digital technology will improve policing.

According to research from Accenture, 75% of Brits think digital tools will improve police services.

90% are said to be comfortable with the use of predictive technologies to predict and prevent crime and 87% would be happy with police using wearable technologies such as body worn cameras.

The research also revealed that most citizens expect the police to use technology more than they do at the moment, with many feeling that websites, information portals and mobile apps are falling short of their expectations.

James Slessor, managing director of Accenture's global public safety business said: "This survey shows citizens believe digital tools - such as mobile devices and wearable cameras - together with predictive analytics-based technologies can have a positive impact on crime by helping identify where crime might occur and how best to deploy police.

"It also shows while nearly all citizens want to actively help police prevent, detect and fight crime, a gap exists between what digital tools citizens expect police to use and what police actually use."

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