Lancashire PCC: smart device deployment has helped to make up for officer cuts

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Lancashire Police is rolling-out Samsung Note 9 smart phones to all of its officers involved in frontline operational roles in its immediate response, neighbourhoods and operations departments.

The deployment follows-up on the force’s first mobile technology project, which took place in 2015. According to the force, other roles within the organisation will have access to alternative smart technology – namely the Samsung A40.

Speaking of the roll-out, Lancashire police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “Since initially investing in [the] devices four years ago, I have seen how they have revolutionised the way that officers carry out their duties, and allow more time in our communities instead of sat at a desk.

“After losing over 750 officers since 2010, this investment has been crucial in helping the force deal with the additional pressures that this - along with an ever-increasing demand on the service - has placed on those who protect the people of Lancashire around the clock.

“Ensuring that our officers have the very best equipment to allow them to do their job is crucial and this investment recognises the positive response across the force from officers who have utilised the devices.”

Chief inspector Dave Hannan said: “The setup of the new devices is based on officers’ feedback. It is quicker, which makes access to crucial information much faster.

“Officers have been very positive about the upgrade and appreciate the investment that is being made in this area of business.”

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