State-of-the-art mobile phones will help keep bobbies in Blackpool on the beat, crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw has claimed.
More than 2,000 officers on the front line have been given Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which he said will allow access to police computers on the go.
Mr Grunshaw said: “This was planned to ensure we provide our officers with the latest technology to improve the speed in which they access information.
“The Samsung works just as any other mobile telephone, but with the additional apps and folders needed to make them more effective in the job and to ultimately give them officers more time on the streets of Lancashire.
“These mobiles will also improve the way people can get in touch with their local policing team too. Being more mobile means residents will see officers and PCSOs doing their work in the community, where members of the public can interact with them.”
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates added: “This is one of the biggest changes to the Constabulary in years and demonstrates our commitment to make use of modern enterprise technology to ensure that officers and staff have more time to spend in their communities.
“Officers will be able to offer greater visibility and ultimately a better service to victims of crime, particularly as they will now able to contact their officer direct via email, text or mobile.
“These smartphones are not just another piece of kit; rather they will enable officers to work differently and ultimately more efficiently. We are always looking for ways to work smarter and create efficiency savings that will ultimately benefit the communities we serve long into the future.”
The roll-out came following a pilot scheme in Blackpool and Lancaster, which saw 40 officers try out the technology. It forms part of an IT overhaul, which is costing £10.1m.
Training has been underway since September and ended yesterday.