Herts police officers issued with PDAs

PUBLISHED: 09:59 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 26 October 2009

Police officers in Hertfordshire are now holding the latest technology in the palm of their hands.

Police officers in Hertfordshire are now holding the latest technology in the palm of their hands.

POLICE officers in Hertfordshire are now holding the latest technology in the palm of their hands. For 1,000 officers in the force have been issued with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to assist them while out on patrol. Hertfordshire Constabulary is o

POLICE officers in Hertfordshire are now holding the latest technology in the palm of their hands.

For 1,000 officers in the force have been issued with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to assist them while out on patrol.

Hertfordshire Constabulary is one of five forces in the country which are piloting the initiative, as part of a national trial.

The hand-held devices enable officers to gain immediate access to Police National Computer applications to carry out vehicle and name checks, search the voters' register and staff phone directory, check their emails, and obtain instant advice regarding procedures, policies and legislation.

Deputy chief constable Simon Parr said: "These devices provide officers with improved information at the scene of incidents to assist them with decision making.

"There is less need for our officers to return to a police station to carry out checks, increasing the time they can spend out on patrol.

"Feedback has been gathered from a small group of officers who have been trying the devices out over the past few months and learning points have been fed into the national project.

"We anticipate that further applications will be available via these devices in the coming months as this project develops.

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