New technology for Operation Emerald

The Emerald Warrants Management System (EWMS) has seen a 40% decrease in outstanding warrants since the introduction of new technology across boroughs in London.

Jan 12, 2006
By David Howell
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The Emerald Warrants Management System (EWMS) has seen a 40% decrease in outstanding warrants since the introduction of new technology across boroughs in London.

The database itself allows officers across London to access information about arrest warrants and ASBOs. When the Home Office requested information on how many warrants currently existed and how quickly they were being cleared, the existing systems couldn’t provide this information. The 32 boroughs all used different systems, so some form of universal system was needed.

The new warrants management system allows easy access to the database of outstanding warrants. Chief Inspector Curtis Parkyn said: “The EWMS gave us the challenge of looking at the whole warrants process. We have looked at what doesn’t work very well and tried to rectify it. We are now seen as a centre of excellence. This success is down to not only my team, but the warrant officers and colleagues out on boroughs.” The Emerald team are now training more officers in the use of the new EWMS system.

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