The Metropolitan Police Service is planning to extend its 4G tablet trial with Vodafone, which aims to transform frontline policing.
The trial has seen Vodafone UK provide iPad minis, 4G connectivity and secure device management to police officers in a bid to reduce paperwork and give frontline officers access to vital information on the move – allowing them to spend more time on the beat.
The trial began last summer and has been rolled out to 500 frontline officers. The Met is now looking at an extension of the trial, which could see the 4G tablets rolled out across the Met police force.
Superintendent Adrian Hutchinson, the Met’s head of mobility planning said: ‘There is a huge opportunity for technology to transform policing, and this trial with Vodafone UK is a fantastic example of the Met making the best use of technology to deliver services to the public in new and innovative ways.
‘We want officers out on the beat, not stuck in the station filling out paperwork or sat at a computer. Working with Vodafone UK to deliver phase one of the project, we’ve already had a great response from officers who have used the devices, and we are confident that the project will help them to be more visible to the public and ultimately deliver a better service to Londoners.’
Phil Mottram, Vodafone UK enterprise director said: ‘It is fantastic to see the Met embracing the latest mobile technologies to their full potential. We know that technology can make a huge difference to frontline workers and ultimately to the vital service they deliver to citizens. By partnering with organisations such as this we can support them to identify the right technologies that will really make a difference in delivering greater efficiency while improving frontline policing.’
The project is part of the Met’s Total Technology strategy, which aims to transform its use of technology. The trial aims to cut crime, increase efficiency and raise public confidence by improving police mobility.