A new report has said that Sadiq Khan would be able to spend millions more on employing new police officers if he invested in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Met Police.
Artificial Intelligence: A New Era in Policing shows how investing in the new tech would save the Met £30m – enough to employ 545 new police officers.
AI, which is the ability of a computer to think and learn like a human, has been used abroad to help police solve crimes more quickly and free up resources for front-line policing.
By cutting the bloated Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), the report says Khan could free up the some of the money he would need for the AI investment.
With many high-profile rape trials collapsing because of disclosure and digital evidence failings, the report says AI would also help police officers to analyse evidence more quickly. Having the ability to learn, reason and classify means that AI programmes can be used to identify relevant data – saving time and resources.
It can currently take hours for police officers to adequately analyse the increasing amount of digital evidence; in one case taking police officers 630 hours to review the content of three complainants’ mobile phones and Facebook accounts.
The technology would also help to improve the performance of police officers and staff, with AI able to analyse the patterns and factors behind performance outcomes.
The report points to AI systems which have been used elsewhere and could be used as a template in London, such as NYPD’s DAS system. This system collects data from CCTV, licence plate readers and 911 calls and uses this information to spot crime patterns far more quickly than a team of police officers possibly could.
AI technology has also been used by the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, which has used an off-the-shelf platform to gain better insight into the availability, objectives, and location of its police officers against public demand.
Commenting, Steve O’ Connell AM said:
“All the evidence shows that investing in AI would help the Met solve crimes more quickly, drive up police performance and help officers cope with ever-increasing amounts of digital evidence.
“London needs more cops on the streets and the efficiency savings which would come from investing in AI could be used to employ hundreds of new officers.
“Since he was elected two years ago, the Mayor has splurged over £10m on his own police and crime team at City Hall. It’s time for him to cut this waste and spend the money on technology which would help keep Londoners safe”.