West Yorkshire Police replaces paper notebooks with Samsung

West Yorkshire Police is to equip its officers with 4,000 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablets to replace traditional pocket notebooks.

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West Yorkshire Police is to equip its officers with 4,000 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablets to replace traditional pocket notebooks.

The mobile devices - between the size of a smartphone and tablet - contain online apps which allow officers to record a crime without having to return to a station, reducing admin and spending more time on the front line.

West Yorkshire Police assistant chief constable Andy Battle said: "This initiative will exploit technology to maximise the capability and effectiveness of policing at the front-line. It will potentially lead to 7,000 front line officers and staff using the devices."

Battle added: “As a result of this project there will be an increase in the amount of time officers are able to spend on the streets, dealing with crime and public safety."

The devices used include an e-notebook which will enable police to record information and make intelligence submissions via secure mobile police apps.

“Officers will be able to enter electronic witness statements and complete missing person forms without having to put pen to paper back at base. Similarly, the device will allow users to view and update incidents whilst on the beat," said Battle.

The West Yorkshire force is dealing with government cuts of over £160 million between 2010 and 2017. The cost of the Samsung rollout has not been disclosed. The Galaxy Note 3 has already been usurped by the Galaxy Note 4 device by Samsung. The Note 3 was around £400 to buy in the shops.

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