BlackBerrys will give police time on the beat
May 30, 2008
Police in Wokingham are to get handheld computers to help them spend more time on the streets.
Thames Valley Police has been confirmed as one of 27 forces in the country to benefit from a £50 million Government grant, which will pay for 1,100 BlackBerrys for its officers.
Keith Gough, Thames Valley Police mobile information project manager, said: “The devices will combine their phones, email and calendar and give them access to the police national computer (PNC) system.
“This will allow officers to stay out longer on the beat and cut down on travelling time, as they won’t need to go back to their station every time they need to access information from a computer.”
Tony McNulty, Minister for Policing who authorised the spending, said: “We are investing in new technology to make crime fighting more effective and to save officers’ time.”