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Cumbria Police replace pocket notebooks with new 4G smartphones

Thursday, June 18th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Police officers in Cumbria are being given smartphones connected to EE’s 4G mobile network in a bid to cut paperwork and free up cash for more frontline officers.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4s are equipped with specialist policing apps and services to help cut down on administration – and will replace the traditional pocket notebook.

Cumbria Constabulary believes the devices will help frontline officers tackle crime and anti-social behaviour as well as making them more visible in the community.

The force has invested about £1.8m in mobile and digital working, an investment backed by Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes and the Home Office Innovation Fund.

It is hoped to save the constabulary £3.3m over the next three years in efficiency savings, helping to put more bobbies on the beat.

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson said: “Cumbria Constabulary polices one of the largest geographical areas in England and Wales, which covers difficult terrain.

“As a result, call and data coverage and communication quality are important factors in mobilising the workforce in order to increase the amount of time officers are able to spend in the community, keeping people safe and dealing with crime.

“EE is providing excellent coverage for calls and data in Cumbria and its 4G coverage offers faster speeds and greater quality.”

'Saving the force money'

The nature of modern policing means officers are often required to complete documents away from police stations, he said.

“The EE data super-bundle provides value for money for Cumbria Constabulary, as all officers and staff are able to utilise the data with no wastage and no extra monthly costs,” added Chief Supt Johnson.

Cumbria Constabulary is benefiting from EE’s Super Bundle tariffs, which offer shared business and public sector data bundles ranging from 50TB (terabytes) to 1PB (petabyte).

Ettienne Brandt, director of corporate and public sector at EE, said: “Organisations in the public sector and emergency services are increasingly being called on to do more, and connected devices such as tablets and smartphones running on our 4G network can provide a real boost to productivity.

“Cumbria Constabulary’s innovative use of 4G smartphones and EE 4G to replace the traditional police notepad is not only saving the force money, but it is also helping them spend more time making a difference to the community.”

EE is investing £1.5bn in its network over the next three years, with a particular focus on rural parts of the UK.

In January 2015, it launched a new micro network technology in Cumbria to provide voice, as well as 3G and 4G data services to remote areas with no need for broadband or cables.

EE’s continued investment will see double-speed 4G reach 90% of the population by 2017, with high capacity 4G+ enabled in 20 of the busiest UK cities by 2017.

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