Police to bid for iPads on the beat

Northwich Guardian: Police to bid for iPads on the beat Police to bid for iPads on the beat

POLICE officers in Cheshire could soon be kitted out with iPads if a bid to get a six-figure sum of public money is successful.

John Dwyer, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, has requested cash from a Government police pot called the ‘innovation fund’.

However, Mr Dwyer’s office and Cheshire Police refused to say how much money has been bid for, but confirmed it was at least £100,000.

If approved, frontline officers will get iPads to use when responding to incidents.

Bosses hope it will reduce the need to return to police stations and make tasks like taking witness statements more efficient.

Margaret Ollerenshaw, deputy police and crime commissioner, said “The commissioner pledged to continue embracing advances in technology.

“He submitted a bid to the innovation fund to help support the rollout of a mobile data solution, once the current pilot of mobile devices has been evaluated.

“The tablets will be used by frontline officers to help in their day-to-day duties and enable them to spend more time patrolling Cheshire’s communities.”

Temporary deputy chief constable Janette McCormick said: “We have been testing out the use of iPads and other mobile devices in Warrington.

“This is part of our efforts to make sure neighbourhood officers remain in the community rather than returning to police stations to complete paperwork.

“An innovation funding bid has been made to the Government to fund the devices.”

An answer is expected by the end of the month.

Simon Roberts, chairman of Cheshire Police Federation, welcomed the bid but raised questions over how effective using iPads would be.

He said: “If the technology is usable, then fine. How IT is used is a huge issue in the police, but the principle is great.

“If a police officer is arresting someone, it’s ok to do a statement on an iPad, and it’s fine for police, but sharing it with other agencies like courts and probation service, is where it becomes difficult.”

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8:45am Fri 27 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

I think the officers should continue using their notebooks.

Ipads are pricy they do not slip easily into the pocket and could easily get damaged if there were to be a civil riot like last time.

No, once again we have an example of numpties who are quite prepared to squander vast sums of public money without thinking it through properly.

The term profligate waste springs to mind.

Also, the data on the ipad could be easily changed by the unscrupulous, the whole thing is a mine fieid.

So, we will waste a fortune on these gimmicks then they will get broken, lost or just found to be another useless waste of my taxes.

Please spend the money on the poor instead.
I think the officers should continue using their notebooks. Ipads are pricy they do not slip easily into the pocket and could easily get damaged if there were to be a civil riot like last time. No, once again we have an example of numpties who are quite prepared to squander vast sums of public money without thinking it through properly. The term profligate waste springs to mind. Also, the data on the ipad could be easily changed by the unscrupulous, the whole thing is a mine fieid. So, we will waste a fortune on these gimmicks then they will get broken, lost or just found to be another useless waste of my taxes. Please spend the money on the poor instead. hectorplain
  • Score: 12

10:05am Fri 27 Jun 14

L Byrne says...

Bizarre that Mr Dwyer and the Cheshire Police refuse to disclose how much public money has been requested other than to say that it is 'at least £100,000'. What the heck does that mean? Could it be £1million or £10million???? Why keep it a secret? Did the Guardian ask the question?
Bizarre that Mr Dwyer and the Cheshire Police refuse to disclose how much public money has been requested other than to say that it is 'at least £100,000'. What the heck does that mean? Could it be £1million or £10million???? Why keep it a secret? Did the Guardian ask the question? L Byrne
  • Score: 1

10:20am Fri 27 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

L Byrne wrote:
Bizarre that Mr Dwyer and the Cheshire Police refuse to disclose how much public money has been requested other than to say that it is 'at least £100,000'. What the heck does that mean? Could it be £1million or £10million???? Why keep it a secret? Did the Guardian ask the question?
I expect that they don't have the slightest idea how much the wretched ipads will cost simply because it's not their money they are squandering.

Also, you will have to factor in the running costs of the army of civil servants who will administer the ipad system, you can be sure this has been overlooked.

Before another penny is wasted on this hare-brained scheme a sound business case must be produced and properly scrutinised by people in the real word like me, who will be paying for thedamm things.
[quote][p][bold]L Byrne[/bold] wrote: Bizarre that Mr Dwyer and the Cheshire Police refuse to disclose how much public money has been requested other than to say that it is 'at least £100,000'. What the heck does that mean? Could it be £1million or £10million???? Why keep it a secret? Did the Guardian ask the question?[/p][/quote]I expect that they don't have the slightest idea how much the wretched ipads will cost simply because it's not their money they are squandering. Also, you will have to factor in the running costs of the army of civil servants who will administer the ipad system, you can be sure this has been overlooked. Before another penny is wasted on this hare-brained scheme a sound business case must be produced and properly scrutinised by people in the real word like me, who will be paying for thedamm things. hectorplain
  • Score: 6

10:21am Fri 27 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

L Byrne wrote:
Bizarre that Mr Dwyer and the Cheshire Police refuse to disclose how much public money has been requested other than to say that it is 'at least £100,000'. What the heck does that mean? Could it be £1million or £10million???? Why keep it a secret? Did the Guardian ask the question?
I expect that they don't have the slightest idea how much the wretched ipads will cost simply because it's not their money they are squandering.

Also, you will have to factor in the running costs of the army of civil servants who will administer the ipad system, you can be sure this has been overlooked.

Before another penny is wasted on this hare-brained scheme a sound business case must be produced and properly scrutinised by people in the real word like me, who will be paying for thedamm things.
[quote][p][bold]L Byrne[/bold] wrote: Bizarre that Mr Dwyer and the Cheshire Police refuse to disclose how much public money has been requested other than to say that it is 'at least £100,000'. What the heck does that mean? Could it be £1million or £10million???? Why keep it a secret? Did the Guardian ask the question?[/p][/quote]I expect that they don't have the slightest idea how much the wretched ipads will cost simply because it's not their money they are squandering. Also, you will have to factor in the running costs of the army of civil servants who will administer the ipad system, you can be sure this has been overlooked. Before another penny is wasted on this hare-brained scheme a sound business case must be produced and properly scrutinised by people in the real word like me, who will be paying for thedamm things. hectorplain
  • Score: 7

10:24am Fri 27 Jun 14

hectorplain says...

Sorry for e posting that twice, I had to go to the door, that would never have happened if I was writing to you in my note book instead of on my iplod..
Sorry for e posting that twice, I had to go to the door, that would never have happened if I was writing to you in my note book instead of on my iplod.. hectorplain
  • Score: 10

10:37pm Tue 1 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

That was a very interesting comment, thank you for taking the time to share you valuable knowledge and experience with those less privileged than yourself.
That was a very interesting comment, thank you for taking the time to share you valuable knowledge and experience with those less privileged than yourself. hectorplain
  • Score: 0
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