Mobile data introduced to Warwickshire Police force

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MORE time spent on the beat, immediate access to police held information and reduced fuel costs, are just some of the benefits as Warwickshire Police introduce mobile data for officers on the beat.

From this month, over fifty mobile data devices will be available for use by officers patrolling throughout the county, providing an increased police presence on the streets and reducing the time officers are occupied at police bases.

Accurate information can be accessed independently and at source, empowering officers to make informed decisions away from police bases.

Speaking about the mobile data project, Supt Adrian McGee said: “To have the ability to access information immediately and at the point of need can only be beneficial. Put simply we will be able to access force wide and national information at the touch of a button. Offender identities, and fingerprints can be checked without having to return to the police station. Officers can access images of individuals wanted on suspicion of committing crime and they will also use the devices to help locate addresses where police assistance is required. And all this information is only recorded once. There is no need to re enter the information when back at base, because all information recorded on the mobile device is transmitted back to base.

“We are one of the first forces in the region to use such a high level of technology away from police bases. To achieve this level of mobile data provision, we have been financially supported by the National Policing Improvement Agency, who has provided the vast majority of the funding for this project. We’ve spent many months considering which systems were the most suitable for policing in Warwickshire and the most economic, whilst measuring these against operational need and security of the systems.”

“Mobile Data represents policing in the 21st century and demonstrates Warwickshire’s new policing model based on resilience, prudence and seamless policing”.

The mobile data provision currently includes:

-35 Netbook Flips

-9 mobile fingerprint devices

-16 mobile data devices in specialised police vehicles

-90 vehicles fitted with locator devices

Further mobile data provision may be available in the future.

During 2009 and 2010, Warwickshire Police undertook a pilot project to assess the benefits of mobile data.

During the pilot, the force used mobile data terminals and blackberry handsets.

The pilot concluded that the use of mobile data technology should provide significant benefits for improving service delivery.

Whilst mobile data was being piloted:

*During a planned policing operation, over 300 vehicles were stopped and checked using mobile data to access the police national computer and voting

*An officer located a van displaying false number plates and on search found £30,000 of stolen tyres inside.

*A vulnerable missing person was identified and located and taken to a place of safety by a patrol officer, after the man’s photograph was sent to the officer on his mobile device.

*During a major police operation, 2576 police national computer checks were performed on passing vehicles, some of which were checked on the spot and without the need for accessing information from the communications centre.

*Police searching for the father of a baby aged four weeks who had refused to return the child to its natural mother, used mobile data to locate an image and vehicle details. Successful conclusion

*Two suspected shop lifters were successfully identified after the officer cross checked cctv images against police records whilst on the beat

*Whilst waiting for the recovery of a vehicle that had been involved in a collision, an officer used the time to record images of the scene and complete the necessary paperwork

*A driver wanted for non-payment of fuel and possible firearms offences was identified. The officer discovered that the driver was wanted for a similar offence in Yorkshire.

*Safer neighbourhood team officer used mobile devices to build intelligence about vehicles used in anti-social behaviour

*An officer was able to easily locate the owner of a vehicle and prevent him from driving away after the officer noticed the vehicle had flat tyres and open windows