Airwave helps keep officers on patrol

Derbyshire Constabulary has commissioned Airwave to supply 570 handheld computers and a suite of applications, giving officers greater access to information and the ability to complete paperwork while away from the station.

Apr 16, 2009
By Paul Jacques
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Derbyshire Constabulary has commissioned Airwave to supply 570 handheld computers and a suite of applications, giving officers greater access to information and the ability to complete paperwork while away from the station.
Using the personal digital assistants (PDAs), officers will be able to complete forms, including those used in a stop and search procedure. In addition, they will be able to access the PNC, check names, addresses and vehicle details, view the force’s incident log and access guidance manuals.
Bought under the NPIA’s Mobile Information Acceleration Package, it is hoped that when the project is fully matured the use of mobile technology will help Derbyshire officers spend an extra hour a day on the beat. This would equate to an additional 109,200 hours patrol time each year – the equivalent of 55 full-time officers.
Inspector Chris Jackson, mobile data project manager at Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “The benefits are greater visibility and more time on the front line which, together with information becoming accessible at the point of need, can only help reassure the public.”
The NPIA’s Acceleration Package, used as part of a the Government’s allocation of £50 million towards the deployment of police mobile information, enables forces to tailor their solution by combining a choice of networks, devices, applications and support services.

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