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Police Commissioner: New technology will make a significant difference

New GPS technology will be a “small but significant change” for policing in Lichfield and Burntwood, according to Staffordshire’s Crime Commissioner.

Matthew Ellis has signed off the deal for all force cars to be equipped with new kit in a bid to get them to incidents quicker than before.

The technology will allow police control rooms to see where all vehicles are and what skills the individual drivers have in order to ensure the right cars are sent out.

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

And he believes the time saved will make the move a worthwhile one.

“Getting officers visible and out and about in communities doing frontline policing is the heart of my five year strategy to reduce crime and help communities to feel safer as well as being safer,” the Commissioner said.

“This is a small but significant change and goes some way towards my plans to provide the right tools for officers to free up thousands of extra hours a week for local policing,

“As budgets shrink, I’m confident that by spending better we can achieve more. If nothing changes in Staffordshire the reduced funding will mean poorer services in the future. But things here are changing to provide better value for money, more targeted and more effective ways of delivering what’s needed.”

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Mike Cunningham explained how the new investment will pull together a variety of information.

“The equipment will increase officer safety and the ability of the control rooms to send assistance,” he said. “However, in addition to the vehicle equipment, the new equipment will make use of GPS signals from hand-held radios, joining this information with the new data from vehicles to give the control rooms and commanders the best possible real-time picture of police resources.”

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  1. Cynic

    7th August, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    “Getting officers visible and out and about in communities ”

    Ironically if they were out and about more often they would know their own patch instead of having to ask a machine! Will the “GPS” be preprogramed with those important sites such as chip shop/pizza parlour or the place for those special biscuits?

    Can we know how you intend to measure success/failure or will we have to take your word for it?

  2. Sandra

    7th August, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    We need police officers who can be approached and not passing us by in a car. I know sometimes they are in say a supermarket foyer for a couple of hours etc, but proper beat bobbies will know their areas, build a relationship with the public they serve, will be accessible, and gather intelligence by building trust. Cars are obviously essential but surely if not on a daily basis constables could sometimes walk their areas? Who knows their presence may even act as a deterrent to a criminal offence! Know folk will say my view is simplistic, but confidence in the force is not going to improve if people cannot speak to a policeman. Many years ago I taught my young children to recognise a police officer and they practicesd speaking to them by giving their name and address etc so that should they ever be lost or in trouble they knew to find a bobby and seek assistance. Of course that was in the days when we were not afraid for our children to play outside or go an errand to the corner shop. Every admin job in the force should be done by civilians and every single police officer should spend a great deal of time outside. Lets face it even the more mature officers could surely still walk a beat now and then and not be desk bound. Rant over!

  3. Laurence Skermer

    7th August, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Not a rant at all, Sandra. Some very well made points. We are constantly told that calls for “bobbies on the beat” are naive and miss the point, but I don’t know why it can’t be done. These devices are about responding to incidents and may well be a very good idea, a police presence however, as you rightly say, is about prevention and giving the public confidence.