Quantum leap forward as handheld smart devices rolled out to frontline officers

The WA Government is providing $34.6 million for the roll-out of personal issue mobile smart devices to police officers.

The funding will deliver 3,500 handheld computer devices with a suite of applications that will ensure access to crucial policing functions in the field.

Significantly, this technology will reduce the need for officers to return to the station to complete administrative tasks, allowing officers to spend more time policing the streets and the community.

The mobile devices will give police faster access to more accurate information to make decisions, resulting in improved officer safety and public safety outcomes.

Officers will be able to perform tasks such as identity checks and the recording of statements whilst out in the field.

This announcement is part of the WA Government’s commitment to equip our police with the accoutrements and tools they need to do their job safely and effectively.

It is on top of $15.4 million already committed towards the roll-out of personal body armour to frontline officers and $1.9 million for number plate recognition technology.

The WA Government is investing more than $5.9 billion in the WA Police Force over the next four years, as part of its commitment to community safety.

Source: WA Government