HOLMES 2 system gets upgrade

Police forces across the UK will see improvements to the way vital information is handled in major crime investigations, as a result of the latest upgrade of the HOLMES 2 computer system.

Mar 22, 2007
By David Howell
Deputy Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith

Police forces across the UK will see improvements to the way vital information is handled in major crime investigations, as a result of the latest upgrade of the HOLMES 2 computer system.

The Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) commissioned Unisys to deliver the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System 2 (HOLMES 2) Version 11 upgrade.

The Version 11 upgrade incorporates a new search tool using the latest technologies, giving forces enhanced search and compatibility capabilities across databases.

HOLMES 2 Version 11 features enhanced functionality, adaptability and interoperability. The additions build on the system’s capabilities, which have proved popular with forces as they mirror how a physical incident room or casualty bureau operates, ensuring a logical and consistent information flow.

This provides the ability to link different investigations together and also to connect enquiries between forces.

PITO Director of Operational Services John Neil said: “HOLMES 2 helps police forces manage the large amount of information generated by major crime investigations.

“When faced with the task of sifting through information sent in by the public or gathered by the enquiry teams, the senior investigating officers can rely on HOLMES 2 to help. HOLMES 2 is key to organising evidence, identifying cross-references and in helping to make those critical links between different pieces of information that can lead to a breakthrough in the case.

“With this latest upgrade, incident rooms across the country can continue to rely on HOLMES 2 to meet the unique information management needs and operational demands of major crime investigations.”

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