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Mobile Information Programme Trials

Update from Newsbeat – newsletter of West Midlands Police.

Quote from one of the officers helping to deliver the Mobile Information Programme trials from F3,Thornhill Road operational command unit (OCU).

Sergeant Bartram said: “Officers from Handsworth and Lozells who will use the mobile data terminals are genuinely excited to be involved in this trial. The introduction of the mobile data technology to the F3 OCU will allow officers to improve community engagement and increase visibility. This project will firmly place the OCU in the 21st century and ensure that the OCU remains at the forefront of modern policing.

Superintendent Steve Anderson, partnerships manager at Thornhill Road, said: “The F3 is pleased to have been chosen as a pilot OCU for mobile data. I am confident that mobile data offers tremendous potential for patrolling staff, allowing them to significantly cut down on radio traffic for information and more importantly, having to return to police bases to use force systems on a desktop computer.

Clearly we must make the right choice about which device to buy, and I am convinced that if a device works for officers on the F3, then it will work almost anywhere.

In the initial phase, which finished in July, 64 handheld devices were given to officers on patrol. The overall programme aims are to reduce bureaucracy and increase the amount of time spent out of the station. During the three month trial, the devices were used to carry out:

  • 1794 PNC vehicle checks
  • 1295 PNC nominal checks
  • 354 voters checks

A second trial is now being undertaken to compare WMP’s preferred option – Beat Systems – with the Arqiva trial that was run simultaneously in Warwickshire.