World-Renowned Police Organization Selects SAP Software Following a Thorough Evaluation of Providers
BERLIN and LONDON — SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), whose headquarters are situated at the world-famous New Scotland Yard, has selected SAP as its corporate enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. The Metropolitan Police Service presides over one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, covering 620 square miles and a population of 7.2 million. It employs more than 31,000 officers, more than 14,000 police staff and more than 4,500 traffic wardens and police community support officers – and, like most public sector organizations, the MPS is aiming to achieve greater efficiency from existing resources. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE® 2008, SAP’s international customer conference, being held in Berlin, Germany, May 19 – 21.
Following a thorough evaluation of several providers, the MPS chose SAP as the best-suited ERP solution provider. The MPS intends to exploit the capabilities of its evolving SAP environment to the fullest, supporting its aim to deliver ever better services and public value for the citizens and visitors of London. This means that, where practical and appropriate, the MPS will seek to utilize SAP software in support of frontline policing as well as for its supporting functions. The MPS already uses SAP software for its financial systems.
By streamlining core processes on the newest release of SAP’s flagship ERP application, SAP® ERP, the MPS gains an established core system and can phase out appropriate legacy applications. In addition, SAP ERP will enable the MPS to add on new functionality via its enhancement packages.
“The MPS has always held a unique place in the history of policing; with this initiative, it is charting its course to be a lighthouse example for police service organizations around the globe,” said Rod Massey, vice president, SAP Public Sector and Security. “We are honored to support the MPS on this initiative.”
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About Metropolitan Police Service
The Metropolitan Police Service has a worldwide reputation and has a unique place in the history of policing. It is the largest of the police services operating in the United Kingdom. Sir Robert Peel founded the Metropolitan Police Force in 1829. The original establishment of 1,000 officers policed a seven-mile radius from Charing Cross and a population of less than 2 million.
Today, the Metropolitan Police Service employs 31,141 officers, 14,000 police staff, 4500 traffic wardens and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), and since the realignment of police boundaries in April 2000, it covers an area of 620 square miles and a population of 7.2million.
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