New digital software will save police time

By Richard Wright

Monday, October 1, 2012


THE way Isle of Wight police collect evidence is set to be speeded by a new, time-saving computer application.

The Smartform app will be introduced across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by the end of the year after a pilot in Gosport was successful.

It is designed to enable police officers to spend more time on the beat by using digital technology to take witness statements at the scene.

The Electronic Witness Statement system allows first accounts to be recorded directly on to the electronic incident record. Half the 8,500 statements taken by Hampshire police officers every month are handwritten, which means officers must then return to their stations to scan statements in order to record them on the force’s records management system.

Taking witness statements electronically during the pilot enabled officers to complete paperwork 15 minutes faster er and saved more time by not having to return to police stations.

Staff will also no longer be required to retype statements for court.



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by Terry Dalley

2nd October 2012, at 06:28:55

This is a good idea, to much time is wasted on paper work for police officers anything that cuts this down is welcome .
Police officers need to be out and about to do their jobs very few crimes are committed in the station so the more time they are where they are needed the better.

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by Barry Lewis

1st October 2012, at 17:23:36

Another technological tool to assist police in times where their numbers are being cut.

Slightly off topic - has anyone noticed how many road traffic accidents/collisions there are on the Island. You just have to look at the number of reports on this website alone.

Why is this? Island roads? Island drivers?

And why can't we comment on IWCP stories involving accidents/collisions?

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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