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iPlod hits the beat in Sussex!

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posted on Jun, 27 2012 @ 05:05 AM
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Sussex police will be taking tablets on the beat

Despite recently cutting 500 frontline jobs some Sussex police (maybe all in time?) will carry iPads to do their paperwork on..


iPlod hits the beat in Sussex

A police force which is cutting 500
front-line jobs is giving its officers
iPads or BlackBerry PlayBooks to fill
in forms on the beat. According to the
Daily Telegraph, Sussex chief
constable Martin Richards said it
would allow officers to complete
crime reports and witness statements
on the move. How will Google and
Microsoft, which are about to launch
their own tablets, ever catch up with
Apple's iPad when it is so entrenched
it can seen as a police tool?


Seems a bit extravagant considering the financial state atm. Guardian




posted on Jun, 27 2012 @ 05:14 AM
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Well, not a lot I can say except that seems pretty typical of our local force..

Cut/Cut/Cut... and then buy iPads *shakes head* no wonder the greater proportion of Sussex police officers are angry, pped off and fed up... the local police federation say they have never seen the force this peed off.



Rock bottom morale at Sussex Police could see up to 1,000 officers take to the streets to voice their concern over cuts.

Mark White, secretary of the Sussex Police Federation, said that he had never known such bad feeling among the force’s rank and file.

He said: “I have known officers angry but I have never known them angry like this before.
Read More: www.theargus.co.uk...



posted on Jun, 27 2012 @ 05:16 AM
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One of the other forces did this last year. I was reading a month or so ago that they had just completed their first year of having Blackberries and Ipads and that it had made no difference at best and at worst performance was actually slightly down - so not just expensive but a waste of time too!



posted on Jun, 27 2012 @ 05:18 AM
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Originally posted by thoughtsfull
Well, not a lot I can say except that seems pretty typical of our local force..

Cut/Cut/Cut... and then buy iPads *shakes head* no wonder the greater proportion of Sussex police officers are angry, pped off and fed up... the local police federation say they have never seen the force this peed off.



Rock bottom morale at Sussex Police could see up to 1,000 officers take to the streets to voice their concern over cuts.

Mark White, secretary of the Sussex Police Federation, said that he had never known such bad feeling among the force’s rank and file.

He said: “I have known officers angry but I have never known them angry like this before.
Read More: www.theargus.co.uk...



I live in East Sussex myself and I can see this negativity spilling out onto how the police deal with the people. Police officers are less and less friendly nowadays and buying iPads seems obscene amidst all the cuts..



posted on Jun, 27 2012 @ 05:23 AM
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Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by TechUnique
 


One of the other forces did this last year. I was reading a month or so ago that they had just completed their first year of having Blackberries and Ipads and that it had made no difference at best and at worst performance was actually slightly down - so not just expensive but a waste of time too!


Its a stupid idea!
More tech more problems. Keep it sweet, cheap and simple. As my mum says 'They don't make em like they used to' and 'If it ain't broke don't fix it'

This is stupidity in its element.



posted on Jun, 27 2012 @ 05:45 AM
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Originally posted by TechUnique

Originally posted by thoughtsfull
Well, not a lot I can say except that seems pretty typical of our local force..

Cut/Cut/Cut... and then buy iPads *shakes head* no wonder the greater proportion of Sussex police officers are angry, pped off and fed up... the local police federation say they have never seen the force this peed off.



Rock bottom morale at Sussex Police could see up to 1,000 officers take to the streets to voice their concern over cuts.

Mark White, secretary of the Sussex Police Federation, said that he had never known such bad feeling among the force’s rank and file.

He said: “I have known officers angry but I have never known them angry like this before.
Read More: www.theargus.co.uk...



I live in East Sussex myself and I can see this negativity spilling out onto how the police deal with the people. Police officers are less and less friendly nowadays and buying iPads seems obscene amidst all the cuts..


Snap.. I know from what you have written in the past that I am just along the road from you.. towards Lewes, and the police presence here has dropped to almost non existent.

The problem I see is that I doubt the officers actually want them either.. which was what I was (in my own way) trying to point out. I am sure they would prefer to be building relations in the community, not make them worse.

They have a crap relationship with their management and crap relationship with the people.. not really a job I would ever want, as I am still old enough to remember the copper from my youth who has the latitude to be fair, instead of being job worths..

I bet these devices will also track every where a copper goes, now that would really wind me up..



posted on Jun, 27 2012 @ 05:54 AM
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The police are going to be in dire straits soon enough especially when you consider how people are going to react to the ongoing and forever increasing austerity measures..



posted on Jun, 27 2012 @ 06:01 AM
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Originally posted by TechUnique
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The police are going to be in dire straits soon enough especially when you consider how people are going to react to the ongoing and forever increasing austerity measures..


you could in theory drop police numbers with better community relations, but in this climate and the way the government is behaving that will never be possible and thus the police will, as you say, find themselves in dire straights if we continue down this path..

Personally I think we are heading towards a swing type of uprising (popular uprising due to severe under-employment), and they really need to change direction soon if they want to avoid facing that situation.



posted on Jun, 27 2012 @ 06:52 AM
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Im a bit confused. I know M$ have the plans for a mobile tablet, hence Windows 8, but google had their own tablet. It failed miserably. Android is also a google product now.

Tablets for wallopers?

What the hell is wrong with a pen and paper, like the olden days?

Not only will they be sinking doughnuts and coffee behind the bushes, but playing angry birds now.

Tablets are no where nearly ready for such use. They're marginally better now than a laptop was 15 years ago in terms of reliability. Or are they going to get the cops $800 tablets.

Pen + paper = Nahh
Uber toy = Requirement.

I can't wait for the day one is nicked off a cop and all the details of crims stored on it come to light. Are they just asking for it?

Don't they already have computers in their cruisers? And radios? And cameras?

seems stupid to me.



posted on Jun, 30 2012 @ 04:46 AM
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The thing is police officers have a tremendous amount of admin to sort out.

Ours have had Blackberry's for a while now.

Would people prefer to see officers manning the streets or be stuck at a station in front of a PC?

Makes perfect sense to me and this is why so much money is being spent on it.



posted on Jun, 30 2012 @ 06:36 AM
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Originally posted by paradisepurple
The thing is police officers have a tremendous amount of admin to sort out.

Ours have had Blackberry's for a while now.

Would people prefer to see officers manning the streets or be stuck at a station in front of a PC?

Makes perfect sense to me and this is why so much money is being spent on it.


You do make a good point! I just feel as though the iPad touch (no pun intended) is going a bit far and may cause more problems than solve. The blackberries may not be too bad an idea because if I can recall properly they work.

Tablets are more prone to technological glitches as they haven't been mainstream as long as smart phones have. Meaning further compatibility problems in the future as the relatively new gadget gets a grip so to speak.



posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 05:29 AM
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Yeah tablets could cause more problems you're right there....

I've heard the Blackberry's are being upgraded aswell.... Not sure to what though.... An IPlod maybe haha, I like that phrase


People may rant about how much money is being spent but with PC salaries starting at around £23,000 - it's certainly cheaper for them to invest in these tablets and get the officers who still have their jobs out of the stations & onto the streets...




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