Chief Constable Peter Goodman with PCC Hardyal Dhindsa
A project to equip Derbyshire police officers and PCSOs with new mobile technology to keep them active and visible within the community has been successfully completed.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said 1,600 devices had now been distributed to all police officers, detectives and PCSOs in public-facing roles across the force.
New recruits have also been issued with the new devices, which appear very similar to a mobile phone, during their police training to ensure they are fully prepared for operational duty.
The Commissioner made a pledge to Derbyshire residents shortly after taking up office in May last year to work with the Constabulary and partners to maximise opportunities to upgrade technology and ensure officers were fully equipped to do their jobs effectively.
Part of his commitment was supporting the roll-out of a ‘mobile office’ idea to ensure officers could spend increasing amounts of time on duty without needing to go back to base.
Between 11 November 2016 when the roll-out began and 21 March 2017, police took 1,287 witness statements on their new mobile devices, made 437 police officer statements, recorded 208 stop searches, recorded 290 written interviews, and updated 989 incidents via a mobile app.
Commenting on the progress, Mr Dhindsa said: “I’m delighted that just over a year since taking on this role we’ve achieved a full roll-out of this new technology for all frontline operational roles.
“The software is having a really positive impact on efficiency by enabling our officers to access key computer systems including crime reports away from the station thus keeping them out on Derbyshire’s streets.
“The public are now used to seeing the mobile devices on our streets instead of the traditional pocket notebooks and everybody has been very positive about their arrival and the benefits they will bring to community policing. Our frontline officers are being encouraged to take their refreshment and meal breaks in local shops and cafes to help them remain visible to you at all times so if you see them busily tapping away they’re very much still on the job!”
The devices are managed on a secure, in-house network and can be remotely wiped to erase all police information when a password is entered incorrectly.
The technology is currently being utilised across 14 forces nationally and enables officers to view and update incidents in real time.
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Posted on Thursday 22nd June 2017