Western Bay police to get smarter


The introduction of smartphones and tablets for frontline police officers is expected to free up 41,526 police hours in the Bay of Plenty.

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges said one of the Government's priorities this term was to deliver better public services.

"Making sure police have the tools they need to spend more time on crime prevention, and less time on paperwork, is vital to achieving this," he said.

From April, smartphones and tablets will be introduced across the country, with 6500 frontline officers being issued a smartphone by mid-2014, and 3900 staff receiving tablets.

An 11-month trial last year, involving more than 100 officers in four districts, showed the mobile devices allowed each officer to spend an average of 30 minutes more time per shift on the frontline.

The initial capital expenditure for the devices is $4.3 million, with operating costs of $159 million over the next 12 years.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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