Highland police to be issued with mobile phones

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Police officers in the Highlands and Islands will start using mobile phones  as part of their operational duties to let them spend as much time as possible out on the beat.

Officers will be able to access police systems while out on duty without returning to a police station to log on to a computer.

It is hoped officers will be able to spend more time working within the community, dealing with incidents, engaging with members of the public, supporting victims and focussing on crime prevention.

Previously, when officers dealt with a crime, they would have to return to base to record details of an incident on computer systems and complete paperwork.

The new mobile devices will mean every operational police officer will be able to connect to police systems whilst working remotely.

Chief Superintendent George Macdonald, Highland and Islands divisional commander, said: ‘Given the geography of the area, officers incur significant travel time between calls and their stations. The mobile devices will allow officers to be more visible in the community, spend more time on patrol and hopefully be more accessible within the areas they serve.

‘Members of the public will see police officers operating their mobile device in public areas. It is important they understand they are not using their personal telephone and that they are working. They will always be available to offer help, advice or assistance.’

The £21m Mobile Working Project was part funded by the Scottish Government’s capital budget and will see approximately 10,000 Police Scotland uniformed officers issued with mobile devices by spring 2020.