ALL frontline police officers in Barnsley now have a Blackberry phone to keep them up to date when they are on the beat.

The device is set to Smartphones keep officers out in the community informed of real-time events and allows them to access police records and complete stop and search forms.

Temporary Inspector Simon Davies said: “If you see an officer texting in the street, this is not for personal use, they are accessing important police information to help them carry out their job more effectively and prevent them from having to return to the station, so they can stay out in the community, keeping the public safe.

”The use of BlackBerry smartphones is a major move forward for South Yorkshire Police in terms of service delivery and has provided the Force with a significant advantage when fighting crime and dealing with offenders.

"Officers are using the camera on the device to photograph evidence on the spot, such as footprints in the snow and emailing each other photos of offenders or missing people to aide with the search."