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Surrey and Sussex police partner up for digital notebook push

Neil Merrett Published 28 March 2017

A total of 3,000 officers across the two forces will make use of Airwave technology to move away from the frontline use of paper processes


Surrey and Sussex police have announced a regional partnership that will see thousands of frontline officers making use of mobile technology provided by Airwave Solutions and supported by O2 in a bid to move away from paper processes.

Airwave, which is part of Motorola, has claimed that Surrey Police alone has targeted £7m in potential operational savings by using its Pronto e-notebook and compatible apps to reduce the time required to perform critical admin tasks.

In total, 1,250 officers in Surrey and 1,750 personnel in Sussex are to replace paper-based working with digital forms that will overhaul operations such as giving speeding tickets, or performing vehicle registration checks and drug or alcohol tests for drivers through the use of mobile devices.

The partnership between the two forces follows a six year arrangement with Surrey Police and is described by the company as a complete digital solution to replace the traditional paper notebook used by officers.

According to Airwave, the Pronto solution will also support improved information sharing between the two police forces, with officers being able to access both national systems and local databases to provide more real-time updates to officers.  Records management systems such as niche will also be supported.

Gavin Stephens, deputy chief constable with Surrey Police, said the agreement represented a wider strategy of pushing towards a fully digitised Criminal Justice system based on improved interoperability between officers and the wider public sector such as courts.

“What’s aspirational in digital policing and collaboration between forces in some parts of the country is reality here,” he said.

Inspector Shane Baker of Sussex Police said the technology would support more officers to be able to perform services on the front line by improving time efficiency for office functions.

“Technology has helped us become more accessible and visible to the public we serve and it is playing an increasingly vital role in our mission to make the region as safe as it can possibly be,” said Baker.

Billy D’Arcy, managing director for O2’s enterprise and public sector business, said the company had partnered with Airwave to improve efficiencies for both Surrey and Sussex forces at a time where they ongoing budget cuts.  

“By listening to what information was needed to optimise an officer’s time on the frontline we have been able to bring connectivity, devices and information sources together in a way that keeps officers visible within the communities as well as improving speed, accuracy and ultimately the service they are able to deliver across those communities” said D'Arcy.

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