£1.1m cash boost for police

By a County Press reporter

Monday, January 20, 2014

 

POLICING in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has been given a £1.1 million boost.

Hampshire Constabulary was awarded the cash from the Home Office Innovation Fund, following a bid by Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes in December.

The fund is available to all forces to improve the use of technology in the detection and investigation of crime.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: "The funding will allow us to further roll-out use of body worn video to all of our frontline uniformed officers, keeping us at the cutting edge of this technology — not just in Britain — but anywhere in the world."

Mr Hayes added: "This funding endorses my decision in March 2013 to fund the initial Isle of Wight pilot project and the subsequent roll-out to all Targeted Patrol Teams across the force.

"Body-worn video provides an additional resource that supports officers in gathering accurate and irrefutable evidence in certain situations where it might otherwise be lost."

The cash will also be used to:

Develop an Integrated Business Centre enabling more efficient joint working between the constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire County Council in the areas of finance, human resources, procurement, estate and occupational health.

Establish co-located, multi-agency Safer Neighbourhood Team bases.

Develop a Digital Case File for delivering electronic case files to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Improve mobile data provision to all officers, including tablet computers which will help officers, staff and PCSOs to access all the systems they need while patrolling.

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by Colin Russell

20th January 2014, at 18:54:25

Ok ,CCTV, RADIOS BODY CAMS, all well and fine ,,,, but you want plod walking the beat stopping and just talking to people keep there ear to the ground

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by Mike Crowe

20th January 2014, at 17:30:19

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Just 'what' is wrong with the Isle of Wight Police, other than the fact they are totally out of touch with, and have NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER for the Isle of Wight resident.

Daughter's house burgled. "Nobody to deal with now. Leave everything as it is we will be there tomorrow"

BUT, Plod can find FIVE, yes F I V E that is 5 OK?????? with not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4 BUT FIVE to monitor Coppins Bridge Complex, just to see who the motorists are who are going onto the Yellow Boxes.

Plod I have told you privately, I have told you publicly, "Earn our respect"

Now watch CP make this posting vanish.

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by Paul Cox

20th January 2014, at 17:18:53

I wouldn't give them an extra 11p ! I reported a hit and run incident to the police in Newport, gave them the registration number of the car involved, a description of the driver, the name, address and telephone number of another witness and their response? A letter saying they have considered the report and are taking no further action !! They are a bunch of good for nothing little Hitlers as far as I am concerned, who are not in the least bit interested in doing the job they are supposed to be doing i.e. protecting US, the public.

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by ROBERT SMITH

20th January 2014, at 16:21:14

No matter how much extra funding they give us PLEBS we will still have to pay for it when the council bill DROPS on the mat in April.

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by ROBERT SMITH

20th January 2014, at 16:18:19

Must be an general election coming soon and they are afraid of trouble.

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by David Blackford

20th January 2014, at 16:04:50

Spare a copper (or two)

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by Terry Dalley

20th January 2014, at 15:41:08

I wonder how much of this money will filter through to the Island and how much will stay on the mainland is there any idea I predict 80% to them and 20% to the poor relations.

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by B Lane

20th January 2014, at 15:26:34

More worrying is the statement that some of the money will be used to "Develop a Digital Case File for delivering electronic case files to the Crown Prosecution Service"...

Now that sounds like a major IT software procurement and we all know how successful most of those have been in the public sector, kiss goodbye to 3x the budget on that one.

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by B Lane

20th January 2014, at 15:21:26

My daughter recently reported an alarm going off in her road at night and was asked if she could see anyone suspicious in the premises and when she said she was indoors was actually asked if she would go outside and look.

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by T Rollingsworth

20th January 2014, at 14:27:47

"Improve mobile data provision to all officers, including tablet computers which will help officers, staff and PCSOs to access all the systems they need while patrolling."
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Doesn't this first require us to have patrolling officers? I have yet to see a single officer patrol Cowes at night, even in the consistent trouble spots.

I rang up once to report a fairly brutal fight, their response? "Oh yeah, we've had a report and going to see how it develops on CCTV". No police came. I also reported a shop alarm going off at night which was rather odd and got told "Unless you can see a crime taking place, we can't do anything".

Probably all busy manning static speed vans and other cash cow schemes.

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