Police to spend £300k on kitting out officers with iPads

Police to spend £300k on kitting out officers with iPads

Police to spend £300k on kitting out officers with iPads

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NEARLY £300,000 is set to be spent on kitting out police officers in Warrington with iPads.

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said the move is aimed at cutting red tape, in turn keeping more police on the street.

The money, secured via a grant from a Government ‘innovation fund’, will be spent on 250 tablets to be shared across Cheshire Police.

Mr Dwyer said: “I want to ensure that the constabulary keep their fingers on the technological pulse, enabling them to work in the most efficient way providing an effective police service for everyone in Cheshire.

"The growth in the use of tablets, such as iPads and similar devices has been significant. If officers can use them on the street, it will enable them to update systems in real time, reducing bureaucracy.”

The outlay on the iPads was approved following a trial run in Warrington, and other parts of Cheshire.

Mr Dwyer said results had been ‘positive’, allowing police to access information quickly.

And police will now be allowed to use community services like schools and council buildings as ‘drop in centres’.

This will allow police who do not have an iPad to use computers and access the same information as colleagues who are using them, according to Mr Dwyer.

He added: “This way of working is designed to ensure officers are spending most of their time on the beat.

“By embracing the digital age I’m sure the public will see a positive impact in police visibility."

The move has been backed by bosses at Cheshire Police.

Dep Chf Con Janette McCormick said, "The introduction of our agile working programme is proving very effective in meeting the operational needs of our officers and using their time more effectively.

“We estimate that it can use up to an hour of an officer’s day to return to the station for administrative duties, and that is being eliminated by the ability to update systems in the field using mobile devices.

"This grant will mean that we are able to broaden the programme to include more officers, providing a better value service to the public we serve."

Cheshire Police Federation has also supported the iPad funding, although it questioned how effectively information would be shared with partner agencies like the Crown Prosecution Service.

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9:11am Thu 7 Aug 14

rayco8 says...

yet another example of public money being wasted!!

£300,000 for 250 ipads = £1200 per pad

at Curry's and Tesco new ipads can be bought for £399.00 each

the supplier is, in my opinion grossly overcharging the pubic purse, as £300,000 could purchase over 750 ipads at the correct, uninflated purchase price

this contract should be looked into and the supplier should be reprimanded, as too should the Commissioner, who clearly has no idea of real world prices
yet another example of public money being wasted!! £300,000 for 250 ipads = £1200 per pad at Curry's and Tesco new ipads can be bought for £399.00 each the supplier is, in my opinion grossly overcharging the pubic purse, as £300,000 could purchase over 750 ipads at the correct, uninflated purchase price this contract should be looked into and the supplier should be reprimanded, as too should the Commissioner, who clearly has no idea of real world prices rayco8
  • Score: 6

12:54pm Thu 7 Aug 14

C. Ommonsense says...

rayco8 wrote:
yet another example of public money being wasted!! £300,000 for 250 ipads = £1200 per pad at Curry's and Tesco new ipads can be bought for £399.00 each the supplier is, in my opinion grossly overcharging the pubic purse, as £300,000 could purchase over 750 ipads at the correct, uninflated purchase price this contract should be looked into and the supplier should be reprimanded, as too should the Commissioner, who clearly has no idea of real world prices
...... But the High Vis case (complete with blue flashing lights) costs £801.00 each ;)
[quote][p][bold]rayco8[/bold] wrote: yet another example of public money being wasted!! £300,000 for 250 ipads = £1200 per pad at Curry's and Tesco new ipads can be bought for £399.00 each the supplier is, in my opinion grossly overcharging the pubic purse, as £300,000 could purchase over 750 ipads at the correct, uninflated purchase price this contract should be looked into and the supplier should be reprimanded, as too should the Commissioner, who clearly has no idea of real world prices[/p][/quote]...... But the High Vis case (complete with blue flashing lights) costs £801.00 each ;) C. Ommonsense
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

rayco8 says...

ha ha very funny - but we are all paying for this with or without the flashing lights!!
ha ha very funny - but we are all paying for this with or without the flashing lights!! rayco8
  • Score: 0

4:51pm Thu 7 Aug 14

motorhead2009 says...

Sadly its not just the cops but all government funded services which have very poor contracts, local govt, nhs etc are all hamstrung by high cost suppliers. This is where much public money bleeds away.
Sadly its not just the cops but all government funded services which have very poor contracts, local govt, nhs etc are all hamstrung by high cost suppliers. This is where much public money bleeds away. motorhead2009
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Thu 7 Aug 14

rayco8 says...

maybe Mr Dwyer could explain to us all exactly which company the I pads are being purchased from and why nobody has taken the trouble to shop around for competitive quotations?
maybe Mr Dwyer could explain to us all exactly which company the I pads are being purchased from and why nobody has taken the trouble to shop around for competitive quotations? rayco8
  • Score: 1

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