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Helping the police to stay on the beat

“The most significant change to the way we police neighbourhoods, since the introduction of the police radios in the 1950s” – that’s how one senior police officer described the introduction into Leicestershire Constabulary of mobile technology devices, developed in collaboration with a research team from Loughborough University. Debbie Hughes meets the team behind this important development.

Police officers know their time is better spent out on the beat or dealing with victims, but the reality is that the paper work has to be done. Leicestershire Constabulary wanted to address this issue, which was later supported by a Government initiative. But while the Force had an idea about how it could ensure officers stayed out and about, instead of having to keep heading back to the station after each call to finalise paperwork, it was unsure exactly how to achieve such a significant cultural change.

They approached the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University, where extensive research has been undertaken into work place communication, and Drs Tom Jackson and Louise Cooke were tasked with finding a sustainable, working solution for the Constabulary.

The resulting project has now been fully rolled out across the Force, with every relevant police vehicle – from patrol cars and detective vehicles to the tactical firearm unit and armed response vehicles – featuring the new system. This has enabled the Force to be more productive and efficient by increasing the time officers can spend working in communities.

The View

  1. in their best interests the decision-making processes associated with the welfare of children
  2. helping the police to stay on the beat the latest technology that’s having a real impact on policing practice
  3. capitalising on a bright idea enterprising staff who’ve made the leap from academia to industry
  4. the best of both worlds athletes preparing for 2012 are managing an academic career alongside their sporting ambitions
  5. the voice of the people the power of social media as a communication tool is undeniable - and unstoppable
  6. a question of sport researchers have been looking at how and when girls decide to turn their back on an active lifestyle
  7. who wants to be a millionaire? research looking at the role of the family in a young entrepeneur's life
  8. the view round up

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