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iPads To Be Installed In Police Cars - What Do You Think? A WAB Debate

Tuesday January 21 2014

Shaun Wright Shaun Wright

OVER £2million is to be spent installing iPads in police vehicles in a bid to keep South Yorkshire bobbies on the beat for longer. What do you think to this? A worthwhile investment? Have your say below.

New technology will be used in order to enable officers to photograph crime scenes and immediately record witness statements.

Bobbies will then have longer out on the beat as it won't be as necessary to return their information to a station.

It'll also give them instant access to the force's databases.

South Yorkshire Police has invested £900,000 in the scheme, with a further £1m coming from the government's Police Innovation Fund.

Police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright said: "The new technology will mean an end to officers having to write out statements.

"Time is taken up as they have to input data into a computer back at their station.

"They will be able to input statements as they're being taken, allowing them more time to be out in the communities they serve.

"The 400 iPads will be installed as a trial and if successful in terms of improving productivity the scheme could be rolled out further.

"The aim is to have police officers out of stations for longer."

What do you think to this? A worthwhile investment? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Nicci on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 10:04
I think this is a great idea should make them more efficient and do real police work rather than stuck doing loads of paperwork!

Reply Posted by Damien on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 10:12
Its red tape that holds the police back stop pestering motorists trying to get figures or transfers to traffic get out of cars and be a visable deterent respect

Reply Posted by Andy C on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 10:36
Whilst the money spent has to be an issue in these days of constraint I have to say that if done correctly this could be a great move forward. A few years ago I had a 'ride along' with police in the USA whereby their staff had laptops built into their vehicles to access all the stuff our locals due on smartphones along with the ability to dictate statements on a digital dictaphone which were then transferred to hq via their laptops for typing up which worked really well so I look forward to seeing how this works in practice with great interest. Police forces need to grasp this technology and embrace its flexibility whilst ensuring standards and skills are maintained and improved, no easy feat, but it has to be done!

Reply Posted by Shawn on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 10:37
The fire service and ambulances have had computer systems in their vehicles for years so it's about time the Police caught up.

Reply Posted by gail on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 11:55
Thought they wr struggling with. Gov cuts? Does not seem that way even though its funded.JOKE.

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 12:34
It is amusing although also sad how many people view the Police. They have to do traffic law and there are hardly any traffic cops anymore.
As for cuts, the Police pay 14% pensions, have had a pay freeze for several years and actually are officers of the crown/queen and government so of course they need new up to date equipment, How else can they do their jobs effectively.
Typical to see people who could and would not do the job moaning. Nothing new.
P.S They are only looking at ipads because their current blackberrys are in doubt dut to the failure of Blackberry as a company.

Reply Posted by h on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 13:17
a lot of people have had pension cuts and pay freezes but weve just seen how some officer make a living drug dealing and not ben peanalised correctly for it show public some assurance law fits everybody and puplic might have time for police

Reply Posted by rainbow on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 12:53
Perhaps they could also get someone to their shopping for them at Morrison's at lunch times save em having to walk across town.

Reply Posted by alan blake on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 18:57
what happens when the tech breaks down ? or the i pad gets lost or nicked ?there is nothing that can replace pen and paper ,it works in all weathers and conditions it doesnt need wifi or electric and it cant be hacked into or altered without it being obvious.then again the police take on anyone who applies these days ,and very few of them can string a coherent statement together without spell checker any way .they should save the money and recruit some decent and law abiding officers instead .

Reply Posted by ME on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 21:21
I'm suresome people just make up what hey want. As for taking on anyone what a laugh. There are stringent checks in place and a national policing diploma coming in to place. Potential officers will have to fund a £1000 qualification before they can apply for the force. Are the Police now not entitled to a dinner break and to call at Tesco, Morrisons or a take away shop like the rest of us all. In regards to pensions the argument isn't so much pensions contributions going up but the fact that the pension payout is not the scheme they signed a contract for. Its a sad reflection on Barnsley the attitude most people have to the Police. They arer ordinary men and woman like the rest of us just trying to do a job amidst increasing crime, increasing paperwork and reducing numbers. Give them a break and aim your comments at the Crime Commisioner and the Gov, they set the budgets and rules not your averagE bobby on the beat.

Reply Posted by Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 09:28
Jsu hope the PCs are trained in the use of iPad, otherwise a waste