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UK Police to Get 15,000 Handheld Computers

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The UK's National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) is to manage the additional distribution of 25 million (USD50 million) provided by government to help give police officers on the spot access to information while out on patrol. The new funding will allow for a further 15,000 handheld computers to be used by police by March 2010, and will take the total up to around 30,000 devices.

The allocation comes in conjunction with the publication of the government Green Paper which highlights the need to further reduce bureaucracy and paperwork for police officers and further enhance the service delivered to the public. The Green Paper picks up a number of themes also highlighted in the Flanagan Review of Policing.

Deputy Chief Constable of Hampshire, Ian Readhead and the ACPO lead for the Mobile Information Programme said, "Mobile computers are absolutely critical to a modern police officer. Having information in the right place at the right time, which is up to date and accurate is vital to help officers with their work with the public."

This investment follows on from trials of a handheld fingerprint scanner which uses a cellular network to send information back to the police station for checking. The police are also increasingly carrying Blackberry phones when out on foot patrol.

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