Police PDAs cut red tape

Issuing police with PDAs has cut through bureaucracy and saved police between six to 25 minutes for each stop, according to the Home Office.

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Issuing police with PDAs has cut through bureaucracy and saved police between six to 25 minutes for each stop, according to the Home Office.

Police have been able to issue a receipt from a hand-held computer rather than writing up long written records after a stop and search incident.

The Home Office says the technology could benefit the force considerably given that around 800,000 stop and searches take place each year.

The technology means people stopped in a stop and search incident will not be for detained for as long, and community groups will have a record of relevant information in order to scrutinise police activity, it says.

Police have recently been investing in biometric technology to speed up identification and stop and search incidents. Last week the government outlined Project Midas, a £40m plan to provide police with mobile fingerprinting devices for identifying people at the scene of an incident. This follows on from an earlier scheme, Project Lantern, which was particularly successful at identifying disqualified drivers presenting false identification.

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