every police officer in South Yorkshire now has a BlackBerry Smartphone to help them access information and databases while patrolling the streets.
The phones have apps allowing officers to access records and forms, such as stop-and-search documents which need to be filled in every time an officer stops a member of the public on the street.
Officers are also using the cameras to take photographs.
Temporary Inspector Simon Davies said the phones had boosted efficiency and cut response times.
He said: “The introduction of BlackBerry smartphones for the force has been a success, as it enables officers to access data and information at the point of need, improving response times, reducing airwave usage, and making better use of public resources.”
Temporary Insp Davies added: “So if you see an officer texting in the street, it is not for personal use!
“They are accessing important police information to help them carry out their job more effectively and prevent them from having to return to the station, so they can stay out.”