Police in Warrington could be fitted with iPads

Warrington Guardian: Police in Warrington could be fitted with iPads Police in Warrington could be fitted with iPads

POLICE officers in Warrington could soon be kitted out with iPads if a bid to get a six figure sum of public money is successful.

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, has requested cash from a Government police pot called the ‘innovation fund’.

However, Mr Dwyer’s office and Cheshire Police refused to say how much money has been bid for, but confirmed it was at least six figures.

If approved, frontline officers will get iPads to use when responding to incidents.

Bosses hope they will reduce the need to return to police stations in the town, and make tasks like taking witness statements more efficient.

Margaret Ollerenshaw, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, said “The Commissioner pledged to continue embracing advances in technology.

“He submitted a bid to the innovation fund to help support the rollout of a mobile data solution, once the current pilot of mobile devices has been evaluated.

“The tablets will be used by frontline officers to help them in their day to day duties and enable them to spend more time patrolling Cheshire’s communities.”

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick, of Cheshire Police, said: “We have been testing out the use of iPads and other mobile devices in Warrington.

“This is part of our efforts to make sure neighbourhood officers remain out in the community rather than returning to police stations to complete paperwork.

“An innovation funding bid has been made to the government to fund the devices.

“We do not know if that bid has been successful at this stage.”

An answer is expected by the end of the month.

Simon Roberts, chairman of Cheshire Police Federation, welcomed the bid but raised questions over how effective using iPads would be.

He said: “Police officers would love to be able to do more work out of the station.

“If the technology is usable, then fine.

“How IT is used is a huge issue in the police, but the principle is great.

“If a police officer is arresting someone, it’s ok to do a statement on an iPad, and it’s fine for police, but sharing it with other agencies like the courts and probation service, is where it becomes more difficult.”

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9:00am Thu 19 Jun 14

HappyMisery says...

Why iPads? There are numerous cheaper and better alternatives...but why bother eh? Its not their money.....
Why iPads? There are numerous cheaper and better alternatives...but why bother eh? Its not their money..... HappyMisery
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4:09pm Thu 19 Jun 14

MikeJT says...

If you are going to spend money on stuff like this, get them decent but much cheaper Android pads.
If you are going to spend money on stuff like this, get them decent but much cheaper Android pads. MikeJT
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5:07pm Thu 19 Jun 14

gazhopley says...

MikeJT wrote:
If you are going to spend money on stuff like this, get them decent but much cheaper Android pads.
I'm sure if it was their money they would, but it isn't it's ours
[quote][p][bold]MikeJT[/bold] wrote: If you are going to spend money on stuff like this, get them decent but much cheaper Android pads.[/p][/quote]I'm sure if it was their money they would, but it isn't it's ours gazhopley
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