Cleveland Police has been awarded £650,000 from the government’s police innovation fund. The money will allow the Force to deliver and further expand a new mobile working IT solution and strengthen the successful joint units between partner agencies.
£350,000 of the grant will help the Force to continue to change with the digital age, by allowing the implementation of new technology to help officers and staff quickly access and respond to the information that they need - without the need to have to go to a police station.
The remainder of the additional funding will be used as part of a project to provide greater resilience to work across borders alongside partner agencies. It will enable the Force to look at ways in which communities can be better protected by building on the success of the joint Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit.
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “Cleveland Police is delighted with the award which will allow us to deliver and further expand our new mobile working IT solution. Mobile working will enable officers and staff to do more whilst away from the office, reducing the need to return to police stations, thereby increasing visibility and their accessibility to members of our communities.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “This is yet another example of how the Force is being recognised as forward-thinking and dynamic and is great news for the people of Cleveland.
“This investment in technology will broaden our ability to work closely with partner agencies, further strengthening our ability to protect communities from harm.”
Posted on Monday 20th January 2014