POLICE have started installing the first links in a $526 million master-plan to help them battle organised crime and a growing mountain of paperwork. The scheme will reduce the time a person reporting a crime has to spend in police stations, and increase the speed of retrieval of lost and found items. Acting assistant police commissioner Mr Ben Munford said the force's five-year information technology strategy aimed to link and expand facilities into one system. Terminals were now being installed to link the criminal intelligence, commercial crime and narcotics bureaus within the next two months so they could share data for investigations, and flash information and faces of felons across the territory in seconds. An ''intelligence analysts' work bench'' now being installed will do permutations on factors such as where criminals, organisations including triads, and vehicles known to be used by them have been seen, and what contact they have had through informationsuch as bank transactions. It will draw up a pattern, indicate possible implications and ''point our noses in the right direction to find the likely ringleader'', Mr Munford said. The work bench is expected to help in cases such as the Tuen Mun rapes and murders, which are being tracked by the Major Incident Investigation and Support System.