Kelvin Connect (KC), an Airwave Group company, has announced that all new recruits in the UK’s Surrey Police will be issued with and trained to use only the Pronto electronic notebook (e-notebook).
Nigel Rees, managing director of KC, said: ‘This means that officers in Surrey will be able to electronically capture all the information they’ve gathered on their shift, replacing the paper pocket book.
He went on to say that ‘the benefits to the front line officer, force and public are clear: information captured electronically is synchronised with relevant back-end systems allowing others across the force instant visibility of information. For example, it enhances response to events requiring multiple officers working together, such as a road traffic collision’.
All shift information is available to authorised personnel and is stored and retrieved for evidential purposes. This removes the cost and inconvenience of storing and managing paper notebooks. Information can also be shared with other organisations such as coroners’ offices and local authorities.
The e-notebook also facilitates an officer’s search across a broad range of back-end systems. This allows the officer to complete multiple forms using the same accurate and validated information. These forms are then submitted in real time over the air, as well as printed copies issued on the spot to the member of the public.
Chief Superintendent Dave Leeney of Surrey Police said: ‘We are delighted that all our new recruits will use the e-notebook from the commencement of their service. Not only has the device shown large cost and time-saving benefits, it is a vital tool front line officers need to enable them to focus on their job.
‘By capturing and managing accurate and validated information electronically at the start of a process, it removes significant time wasting across the organisation and drives our commitment towards paperless policing,’ concluded Chief Superintendent Leeney.