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Commissioner sees first-hand how police are benefiting from investment in technology

20 September, 2019

Police officers across Lancashire are being equipped with new Samsung devices, after investment ensured officers have the latest technology and support the vital work they do and spend more time on the streets of Lancashire.

The investment has upgraded the force’s capabilities, following the first mobile technology rollout in 2015 and ensures officers are best equipped to support their roles out in the county’s communities.

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, saw for himself how this investment is helping, joining an officer out in his role and hearing how it supports their day to day work to ultimately, keep people safe.

Investing in this technology means officers not need to return to a police station to complete paperwork but remain on the streets.

All officers in frontline operational roles will be provided with a Samsung Note 9 across immediate response, neighbourhoods and operations, with other roles having access to the Samsung A40.

The Commissioner said:

“Since initially investing into devices four years ago, I have seen how these have revolutionised the way that officers carry out their duties and allow more time in our communities instead of sat at a desk.

“After losing over 750 officers since 2010, this investment has been crucial in helping the force deal with the additional pressures that this, along with an ever increasing demand on the service, has placed on those who protect the people of Lancashire around the clock.

“Ensuring that our officers have the very best equipment to allow them to do their job is crucial and this investment recognises the positive response across the force from officers who have utilised the devices.”

Chief Inspector Dave Hannan from Lancashire Constabulary said:

“The setup of the new devices is based on officer’s feedback. It is quicker, which makes access to crucial information much faster.

“Officers have been very positive about the upgrade and appreciate the investment that is made in this area of business”

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