High-tech tools help police

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High tech tools are giving officers on the beat better access to office technology while on the streets, through a programme to improve performance.

West Yorkshire Police has issued around 60 new high-tech mobile devices to response officers across West Yorkshire this month as part of a trial to improve access to technology.

The devices will be used while officers are out on patrol, providing fast fingertip access to all the computer systems they require, to improve their access to information and allow them to carry out paperwork on the go.

Officers are trialling a range of devices, such as tablets, laptops and hybrids of the two, in an attempt to pick the right device for the future.

This has already had a significant impact with officers reporting that they can work more quickly, efficiently and effectively in their communities, without the time-consuming need to return to the police station to log onto a computer.

The trial has already gone live across Airedale & North Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Operational Support Services based at Carrgate.

Assistant Chief Constable Craig Guildford of West Yorkshire Police, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to equip our officers with the latest technology which will allow them to remain on the streets, making them visible and accessible, to the communities of West Yorkshire.

“This will improve the service to victims and witnesses of crime. An example of this was recently, an elderly man with poor sight, had a much better service than what we have been able to deliver in the past, through the use of the new laptop style device. The officer attending to see him was not only able to input the data direct, but also then to magnify the text to make it easier for the man to check the information. “

He added: “I am hearing more and more examples of the technology being put to good use each day. Officers are now better equipped to identify those who are vulnerable in our communities through the smarter use of technology.

“The officers can interrogate computer systems from the scene resulting in swift, decisive action being taken. This is particularly important when dealing with issues of vulnerability and I know about many examples of missing person enquiries being improved through its use.”