Surrey, Sussex Police Deploy Digital Forms on Mobile Devices
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | Comments

Airwave Solutions, a Motorola Solutions company, in partnership with O2 announced that more than 3,000 frontline Surrey Police and Sussex Police officers are now using mobile technology to improve frontline policing and reporting.
The new joint project enables 1,250 officers at Surrey Police and 1,750 at Sussex Police to replace paper-based activities such as vehicle registration checks, speeding tickets, and tests for the influence of drugs or alcohol on drivers with intuitive digital forms on mobile devices. Officers have saved up to two hours per shift, time that can now be better spent policing the streets and supporting the public. This modernization of processes has enabled Surrey Police to cut costs by £7 million (US$8.8 million).
The new extended regional deployment follows a successful six-year partnership with Surrey Police that has seen the e-notebook and suite of software applications deployed to frontline offers across both police forces. Pronto is a digital replacement for an officer's paper notebook, operational processes and forms. It provides remote, mobile access to all key policing systems, ensuring officers can capture, reuse and validate information on the frontline while reducing back office bureaucracy and inefficiency.
Before the technology, a single activity such as writing a ticket would take back-office staff over four minutes to transfer paper-based notes onto a force’s system — now that process takes seconds as all data captured on devices is synchronized automatically.
Officers can access national police systems and local databases, such as the records management systems (Niche), across the two force on the move. This allows officers to work together at an incident or crime scene, sharing data and resources in real time rather than having to return to the station or have back-office staff locate and then upload relevant information.
This new regional deployment brings the total number of forces using Pronto to 16 or 33 percent of all forces in the United Kingdom.
“The deployment of Pronto has meant we’ve been able to move officers away from desks and back onto the frontline, the best place to pursue offenders and detect crime, protect vulnerable people, and prevent crime and disorder,” said Inspector Shane Baker at Sussex Police. “Technology has helped us become more accessible and visible to the public we serve, and it is playing an increasingly vital role in our mission to make the region as safe as it can possibly be.”

Other benefits both forces now receive include increased server capacity, improved disaster recovery, around-the-clock monitoring of key systems and common reporting standards. A direct link between Pronto and the two forces’ RMSs will drive frontline productivity keeping officers on the streets.

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