Mobile devices keep Transport Police on the beat

The British Transport Police is pioneering the use of mobile data technology to help police officers spend more time on the beat and make quicker arrests.

The British Transport Police is pioneering the use of mobile data technology to help police officers spend more time on the beat and make quicker arrests.

The mobile solution has been developed by mobile data specialist Beat Systems, and provides officers with real-time access to multiple core operational systems. As a result, officers are able to spend an extra 1.5 hours a day patrolling the streets.

The Transport Police received Pito (Police Information Technology Organisation) funding to finance the mobile data project, which has also aided arrests in the field.

The system runs over the national police Tetra Airwave mobile network, with officers using a variety of mobile devices to access applications and information.

Andrew Watson, chief information officer for the Transport Police, said, “Beat Systems’ mobile data solution has delivered the force’s vision to improve operational effectiveness, deliver efficiencies and increase public confidence.

“The solution is leading the way in police mobile data technology. Not only is real-time information leading to more arrests, but the ease with which information can be recorded in the field is significantly boosting the volume and quality of intelligence reports.”

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