In our digital world crime is global. Criminals are connecting with each other at the touch of a smartphone keypad from virtually any location. They’re moving quickly and should be stopped. Where the criminal activity is local, speed too is of the essence. The quicker officers out in the community can access information held back at the station, the more effective they’ll be.

It all sounds easy enough. So why does it seem that the criminals are ahead of the game? I believe that unhindered by organisational and operational silos and not restricted by unconnected legacy IT systems, the criminals have seized the digital initiative. But not for long.

Yes, many police organisations are disjointed. Their analysts and investigators have little integrated access to all relevant information. Senior management has a limited view of intelligence, detections, investigations, cases and resource planning data. Transnational sharing of information is hampered by systems that prevent secure collaboration across jurisdictions.

Yet for all this, there is an upside. Many more organisations, like the criminals they’re tracking, have put digitisation at the heart of their operations. They are transcending organisational boundaries with technology-enabled integrated crime management.

One of the key enablers of intelligence-led policing, this integrated crime management supports the distribution of targeted and relevant intelligence to those who need it. It improves the visibility of intelligence from multiple data sources.

It doesn’t matter whether that information comes via a social media channel, community tip-off, or border alert. The point is that with fully connected, digital capabilities, organisational silos are no longer a barrier to effective deterrence and collaboration. As the criminals themselves might say, ‘it’s a no brainer’.

The need to enable this integrated crime management is covered in a new video from Capgemini. Take a look; it makes for some interesting viewing.