£3.4M tablets ‘will speed up polic­ing’

Macclesfield Express - - GREAT IN THE OUTDOORS -

DAY-TO-DAY polic­ing in Mac­cles­field is be­ing trans­formed af­ter of­fi­cers were is­sued with a new Mi­crosoft tablet.

Cheshire Po­lice will hand out Sur­face 3 tablets to 1,675 of­fi­cers across the force.

The gad­gets which costs £3.4m aim to speed up polic­ing by en­abling of­fi­cers to cap­ture dig­i­tal ev­i­dence and up­load state­ments with­out hav­ing to head back to the sta­tion.

It will help speed up in­ves­ti­ga­tions and im­prove the qual­ity of ev­i­dence gath­ered, al­low­ing of­fi­cers to do more with their time and spend more time work­ing out in com­mu­ni­ties.

Supt Matt Wel­sted, who runs the force’s dig­i­tal polic­ing pro­gramme, said: “Of­fi­cers can now spend more time out on the streets while also do­ing some of the many other tasks re­quired of them. The dig­i­tal world is a tremen­dously fast-mov­ing area, but the move to tablets puts us in a great place both now and in the fu­ture.”

David Keane, Cheshire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner said: “The full roll out of the tablets is a pos­i­tive step in en­sur­ing we have a po­lice ser­vice fit for the fu­ture and il­lus­trates in­vest­ment in tech­nol­ogy that sup­ports of­fi­cers in the com­mu­nity.”

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