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It’s Go Go Gadgets for West Yorkshire Police officers

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Officers at West Yorkshire Police can expect to see more gadgets on the beat and to spend more time working alongside colleagues from other forces, the Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

A greater use of technology and more collaborative working are two of the ways in which Mark Burns-Williamson has said he wants to help the force save cash during times of austerity.

The West Yorkshire PCC has pledged his support to technology and collaboration in policing after a recent report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary criticised the force.

The “Policing in Austerity – Rising to the Challenge” report, published in July last year, said that West Yorkshire Police had “not grasped the same opportunities to transform and to make savings as other forces”.

But the future will be brighter, according to Mark Burns-Williamson, who held up WYP’s Athena Project as an example of good practice of which the force can expect to see more.

The Athena Project saw apps developed for members of the public’s smartphones which enable them to update the force with real-time information during times of crisis and large scale incidents.

Mr Burns-Williamson said the project demonstrates his commitment to investment in technology and shows that West Yorkshire Police is “leading the way in groundbreaking research.”

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “I am committed to giving the people of West Yorkshire the best possible policing service and the use of technology is one of the ways we can achieve this in spite of severe Government cuts.

“The HMIC report notes West Yorkshire’s collaborative approach with other forces across the country in the development and use of crime recording systems. We also have a well-established regional collaboration with other forces and PCCs within Yorkshire and Humber which can be further developed. The need for shared innovation between public bodies is more relevant than ever before and is an area in which I place my full support and am always seeking new opportunities.”

Date posted: March 27, 2014

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