MERSEYSIDE Police is 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 1st. 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
Officers who have been using the devices have commented:- "Updating systems
directly from the handheld is fantastic, prevents photocopying, scanning and
saves time. The ability to view a caller's location enables me to get to the
address quicker and easier. When looking for someone missing from home, I have
been able to search main force systems and obtain a photo immediately."