Northumbria Police has invested in a wave of new technology to revolutionise policing in the North East.
All frontline officers have been given mobile devices – which have been dubbed ‘phablets’ – and this means they are no longer tied to police stations.
The phablets enable them to record incidents at the scene and carry out vehicle checks without having to call the communications centre.
In addition, officers can be sent images of missing or wanted persons directly to them as they patrol communities.
Each of the 3,652 devices has an app called Police Box installed on the home screen. It has been tailored to the needs of frontline officers.
Developers Komodo Ltd were responsible for manufacturing the app, but only after a number of focus groups were held with officers to ensure it met the specific needs of the force.
Northumbria Police assistant chief constable Jo Farrell said: “Frontline officers can get images of missing or wanted persons sent direct to their phablet while out on patrol, they can update an incident at the scene and soon they will be able to use them to take witness statements.
“We will be looking to adopt even more features on these mobile devices. Ultimately, officers will spend less time doing paperwork in their station and more time engaging with local communities.”