Police back BlackBerrys


Three quarters of the police force are currently using BlackBerry devices while on patrol, according to a new report.

The police report, entitled Policing in the 21st Century, suggested police could spend less time on paper work if they used PDAs, such as BlackBerry handsets.

Currently 14,000 of the devices are being used across 28 forces.

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) said police officers spend 80 pence per day using its devices.

RIM senior manager of EMEA public sector sales Graham Baker said RIM’s devices are trusted by the police force due to its accreditation by the Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG).

Baker said: “RIM has held the accreditation for the last four years because of the quality of the security of our devices. BlackBerrys were made with security in mind and not as an afterthought.”