Dyfed-Powys Police has announced that it has partnered with Airwave, which operates the UK's emergency service TETRA two-way radio service, to implement Kelvin Connect’s Pronto electronic notebook and suite of policing applications to help them increase efficiencies and transform their work on the frontline.
Initially, officers will be provided with devices pre-loaded with applications that will give them remote and mobile access to all local and national backend systems such as the Police National Computer (PNC) and the data management tool Experian QAS, as well as the force command and control and crime and intelligence systems.
“In addition to accessing vital backend systems from the frontline, where they can key in vital information at the point of need, officers are able to reuse information digitally for the full range of policing processes that will be available through the Pronto suite of applications,” said John Lewis, COO of Airwave.
“Without the need to rekey information, officers are no longer forced to return to stations to complete paperwork. This alone will drastically increase effectiveness and officer visibility as there will be more officers out on the beat.”
There will also be a focus on reusing existing laptop devices in order to maximise the return on investment.
Dyfed-Powys Police has prioritised a range of processes that will move them into the paperless environment. These include direct crime, Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harrasment (DASH) forms, as well as collision reports and other traffic processes.
“Next, we will work together to prioritise and deploy over 30 existing police process applications to support a truly digital first for Dyfed-Powys – paperless working,” added Lewis.
Chief Constable Simon Prince said: “The introduction of mobile technology for officers is a key part of our ‘Public First’ programme. The geography of the area we safeguard is one of our key challenges and making our services as accessible as possible, especially in our more rural communities, is a top priority.
“It was critical that we worked with a partner who can support off-line working, so officers can remain visible in the community whilst completing all tasks digitally on a device irrespective of the mobile phone coverage.”
The programme with Dyfed-Powys will be managed and delivered by Airwave’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Kelvin Connect.