Four thousands Galaxy Note 3 smartphones issued to front line officers and staff, with pre-loaded apps to enable officers to record a crime without having to return to the station
Samsung has partnered with West Yorkshire deal in a deal worth £5.4 million to mobilise front-line police officers and staff with new technology.
They are being issued with 4,000 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices to replace traditional pocket note books. This will potentially rise to 7,000 in the near future, with the force using airtime from O2 and Virgin Media.
The devices contain apps that allow officers to record a crime without having to return to a station, which Samsung said reduces admin and enables the officers to spend more time on the front line.
This includes officers being able to enter electronic witness statements and complete missing person forms. The devices will also enable users to view and update incidents whilst on the beat, which West Yorkshire Police said increases its visibility, responsiveness and presence on the streets.
West Yorkshire Police developed the apps with Airwave, a mobile solutions provider to the police and criminal justice, and health and social care sectors. The apps are designed to work on the Android platform and had been tested on the devices before being rolled out.
The devices have been procured through a government tender framework, with Samsung resellers. The manufacturer has provided partner support for this initiate, both via the reseller and directly to West Yorkshire Police on the best practices on devices and solutions.
Samsung UK and Ireland vice president for the enterprise business team Graham Long said: “Police officers do an amazing job ensuring safety on our streets and thanks to huge advances in technology, response times are now quicker than ever and they can spend more time on the front line.
“The Samsung technology being used by West Yorkshire Police will streamline processes, cut admin time and give officers instant access to crucial information wherever they are, helping the force save money and lives.”
West Yorkshire Police assistant chief constable Andy Battle added: “This initiative will exploit technology to maximise the capability and effectiveness of policing at the front-line. As a result of this project, there will be an increase in the amount of time they are able to spend on the streets, dealing with crime and public safety.
“According to a national audit conducted in 2012 which looked at mobile working in policing across the UK, an average of 18 minutes of additional time on the streets was generated. From a West Yorkshire perspective, one minute of extra time on the street per officer, per day equates to a million pounds worth of additional policing annually.
“We continue to look for ways to revolutionise the way we do business, creating efficiency savings that will ultimately benefit the communities we serve long into the future.”