Humberside Police is using new technology to allow officers to spend tens of thousands more hours on the beat every year.
The new mobile data laptops will allow officers and Police Community Support Officers to check and update police systems out and about – cutting down on travel time and dramatically increasing their time in communities.
The laptops will mean an officer deployed to a crime like a burglary could update police logs and carry out administrative tasks related to the crime while they are with the victim in their own home.
PCSOs will be able to log information and concerns from the public during community surgeries, submit intelligence, carry out daily admin tasks and stay in touch with the community via Facebook and Twitter on the move.
All of this means officers and PCSOs spending less time in stations and more protecting communities, targeting criminals and making a difference to people’s lives.
Information entering our systems faster will also speed up the criminal justice system – getting victims of crime the resolution they deserve quicker.
This new way of working will increase officer time ‘on the beat’. Trials showed each individual officer was out of the station and visible for up to two additional hours per week.
The project represents a £1.6 investment, funded through a joint bid to the Government’s Innovation Fund by Humberside and South Yorkshires’ Police and Crime Commissioners.
Assistant Chief Officer Phil Goatley said: “We recognise the public wants to see more officers out and about, tackling and preventing crime in our communities - this technology will allow us to really focus on increasing visibility and spending more time with victims.”
Humberside Police’s new operating model, designed to modernise the force, maximise its resources and provide cost savings, goes live in April next year.
Mr Goatley said: “The time we can save and the value we can add to our service with this new technology will play a key role in us providing 21st Century policing at a time of austerity.
“We will be a smaller, more efficient force in future and if we are to continue to improve our services, we have to make the most of the staff we have.
“The Chief Constable has made a commitment to maintaining named officers and PCSOs in our communities and working on the move will mean they can really focus on what they do best – resolving local issues and making a difference.
“On top of our community officers, our new structure and shift pattern will mean that even though we will be smaller – every 24 hours there will be 100 more response officers on shift than there is now. These are officers in police cars responding to urgent calls and emergencies.
“They will book on at our five operational bases with their mobile technology at various times during the day and night. They will then go out into the surrounding rural and urban areas and stay there, not having to keep returning to base – providing continuous coverage.