The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is looking to extend a tablet trial for frontline policing.

The trial has already seen Vodafone supply 500 officers with iPad minis, specialist apps, 4G connectivity and secure device management.

The trial aims to reduce paperwork and give frontline officers access to vital information on the move. Image credit: Vodafone

The trial aims to reduce paperwork and give frontline officers access to vital information on the move – meaning they can spend more time on the beat reducing crime and supporting victims.

Using the technology officers can collect electronic witness statements and digital signatures at a crime scene, so victims of crime no longer need to attend a police station at a later time.
  
Superintendent Adrian Hutchinson, head of mobility planning for the Metropolitan Police Service, said: “We want officers out on the beat, not stuck in the station filling out paperwork or sat at a computer." 

He said: "Working with Vodafone UK to deliver phase one of the project, we’ve already had a great response from officers who have used the devices. We are confident that the project will help them to be more visible to the public and ultimately deliver a better service to Londoners.” 
 
The project is part of the MPS' Total Technology strategy, which sets the direction for a transformation in its use of technology to improve operations.

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