Police chiefs in St Helens are launching new handheld devices to frontline police officers and staff, delivering information direct to their fingertips and keeping them patrolling the streets for longer.
Following a successful pilot scheme, the Samsung devices are now being rolled out to almost 3,000 operational officers and staff. The devices will provide officers with an electronic mobile toolbox helping them to do more on the move, including access to IT systems including email, camera and an electronic pocket notebook.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley said: “As a force, this technology once again puts our communities first. Officers being able to access information and images at a scene enables a quick response, saves time and helps officers and staff in different locations make informed decisions in what are often serious and complex investigations.
Superintendent Simon Irving, head of the project, said: “Demands of modern policing are changing fast and the force must embrace developments in technology to give our staff on the front line accurate and timely information.
“This is only the start of mobile policing, and we will soon be testing and rolling out further applications to continuously improve the efficiency of our officers. These devices will ensure that officers will be on our streets for longer and share information with colleagues in real-time.
“I want to reassure the public that if they notice officers on the street using these devices, they are carrying out vital enquiries whilst patrolling our communities. By all means talk to our officers if you have any concerns, and they will be able explain the benefits.”