Tablets keep cops on patrol

The latest high-tech mobile devices now being rolled out to Bedfordshire Police officers on patrol will result in more police time spent on the streets says Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins.

Pharmacy worker held at gunpoint during robbery.
Pharmacy worker held at gunpoint during robbery.

“The first batch of computer tablets that were issued earlier this month are compact and easily transportable - but pack a powerful punch by allowing officers to spend as much as an extra hour a day out policing neighbourhoods instead of being in the station,” he said.

“I know that more visible policing is what our residents and businesses want to see, and I am sure that this - along with the 99 new officers now in place - will help us to achieve that.”

The roll-out of 590 tablets and accessory equipment - expected to be completed across the force before the end of this financial year - will shortly be followed by the roll-out of new software being developed across the Beds Cambs Herts three force alliance.

“This will allow officers to do one search across all police databases and input new data just once, again making officers and staff more time efficient.

“It’s a joined-up system that will reduce duplication and deliver better results. I am, of course, delighted - though I’m sure criminals will take a different view,” the Commissioner added.

Chief Constable Colette Paul said: “Supplying officers with the tablets reduces the need for them to return to their base or station to make reports and access information.

“It also means that they have the ability to communicate quickly and effectively via phone and video calls, instant message and email wherever they are. This is an important stage in my transformation of Bedfordshire Police to a modern, efficient and effective organization that continues to keep the people of Bedfordshire safe and help fight crime”

The combination of more front-line officers and mobile technology “is a real boost for the force in its work to protect the public and fight crime and one that we have achieved despite the challenges of ongoing funding cuts,” Commissioner Martins added.