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No timeline set for Met Police CIO recruitment

Neil Merrett Published 12 May 2015

Force notes it has had "good response" in efforts recruit new digital lead as it undertakes work to switch to new operating model


The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has said it has had a "good response" to efforts to recruit a chief information officer (CIO) after the deadline for applications passed yesterday (May 11), although no timeline has been set to complete the appointment process.

According to MPS, the successful candidate will be required to take responsibility for developing and delivering ICT policies, tools and services across the force as part of a wider strategy to switch to a new operating model that will incorporate third party providers.

Recruitment for the role, which carries an annual salary valued at between £152,915 and £197,133 - including a £3,501 location allowance - will now be dependent on the quality of responses rather than meeting a set deadline, said a spokesperson for the MPS. Interim CIO John Lowry will continue to oversee the role in the meantime.

According to the advertisement for the position, the successful candidate will be required to help shape future strategies for MPS, described as the UK's "largest and most technology focused police service."

"Your leadership will ensure that our combination of in-house and external managed functions delivers robust, high-performing and innovative ICT services - while delivering true value for money from budgets and investment," read the job notice.

MPS last month confirmed its intention to launch a procurement exercise for an integrated policing system that would incorporate case, custody, crime and intelligence applications.

Details that the Met was considering a new system emerged from discussions with police system vendors, along with the indication that the recently launched Athena system inaugurated by Essex Police, could potentially seek to be considered in the force's thinking.

Late last year, MPS also launched a tender to appoint a Service Integration and Management (SIAM) supplier to support digital policing as part of its Total Technology Programme Infrastructure (TTPi) under a contract valued between £40m and £150m.

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