£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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