Hundreds of police officers in South Yorkshire get new tablet devices

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Hundreds of police officers across South Yorkshire have been issued with tablet devices to help keep them on the streets.

With police officer numbers falling because of Government funding cuts, police chiefs want bobbies to spend more time in communities.

The tablets have been given to 330 officers at a cost of £1.6 million paid for with a College of Policing grant and money approved by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright before his resignation last month.

Officers will be able to access police databases and fill in forms without having to return to their stations.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt said: “These tablets give our officers access to systems and information that they require to carry out their daily work such as viewing and responding to incident information, updating crime reports and victims of crime, viewing briefings and managing the investigation of missing people.

“I’m fully supportive of any initiative that means that police officers will spend less time in police stations and more time on the streets and in the community.

“As well as meaning that officers can spend more time in the communities that they serve, it means that they have all the information they need at their fingertips and can be more effective in their job.”

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, Rotherham’s District Commander, welcomed the investment.

He said: “With the cuts we are facing we will have less people than before so it is even more important that the people we have left have the technology they need to do the same job will less people.”

Neil Bowles, chairman of the South Yorkshire branch of the Police Federation, said: “The launch of these laptops is welcomed for officers to do practically everything they needed a traditional desktop for but keep them out and about amongst the community they serve.”