£1.9m computer boost for police

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009

POLICE in Herts have been given £1.9m to invest in hand-held computers. The move comes after Herts Constabulary had success in a bid for Home Office cash. The force will share in a £50m package which has been allocated to the National Policing Improvement

POLICE in Herts have been given £1.9m to invest in hand-held computers.

The move comes after Herts Constabulary had success in a bid for Home Office cash.

The force will share in a £50m package which has been allocated to the National Policing Improvement Agency

In recent months, Herts police has been a pilot constabulary, involved in officers using hand-held personal digital 'assistants'.

Yasmin Batliwala, of the Herts Police Authority, said: "This grant will enable the constabulary to step up its work on cutting bureaucracy for officers."

Deputy chief constable Simon Parr said the introduction of the system would mean that officers would not need to return to a police station to carry out checks.

"We intend to change the way we do business, increasing our responsiveness and our visibility," he said.

More than 1,000 systems have already been distributed to officers and the grant will mean a further 1,000 will be available. The plan, too, is to have 300 devices in police vehicles.

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