Four thousand Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices are being issued to frontline officers and staff, replacing traditional pocket notebooks. The mobile devices contain online ‘apps’, which allow officers to record a crime without having to return to a station, reducing admin and spending more time on the front line.
West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle said, “This initiative will exploit technology to maximise the capability and effectiveness of policing at the frontline. It will potentially lead to 7000 frontline officers and staff using the devices. As a result of this project, there will be an increase in the amount of time they are able to spend on the streets, dealing with crime and public safety.
“We continue to look for ways to revolutionise the way we do business, creating efficiency savings that will ultimately benefit the communities we serve long into the future.”