Published On: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014 on 1:02 am

Digital devices replacing officer notepads in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police Mobiles
West Yorkshire Police Mobiles
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West Yorkshire Police is leading the way in one of the biggest technological advancements made in modern policing.

Around 4,000 hand-held devices are being issued to front-line officers and staff, replacing old pocket notepads.

They contain online apps that allow officers to record a crime without having to return to a station.

Officers are also able to enter electronic witness statements and complete missing person forms without having to put pen to paper back at base.

Similarly, the device allows users to view and update incidents whilst on the beat.

Assistant Chief Constable, Andy Battle, said: “This initiative will exploit technology to maximise the capability and effectiveness of policing at the front-line. It will potentially lead to 7,000 front-line 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. The device includes an e-notebook which will enable us to record information and make intelligence submissions via secure mobile police apps.”

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, added: “The introduction of the mobile devices will ensure that officers and staff have more time to spend in their communities, offering greater visibility and enabling them to carry out their roles more effectively.

“Providing the best possible service to our communities through modern mobile technology and innovation is at the heart of my Police and Crime Plan. The investment is being provided through a transformation fund as part of the 2014/15 budget agreement.”

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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