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Technology has police on the beat

Mobile data unit
Up to 30% of police officers' time is saved, bosses say

A scheme where Leicestershire police use laptops to record crimes live from the scene has proved so successful it will be rolled out nationwide.

Officers have been using the mobile computers to enable them to record crimes without going back to the office and cut down on paperwork.

The force was the first in England to introduce mobile data terminals.

The devices mean frontline officers are out of the station more and have a greater visibility on the streets.

Leicestershire Police said the mobile computers help to keep its officers on the beat for 30% more time than they would otherwise have been able.

Ch Insp Sanjiv Pattani of Leicestershire Police said: "We're going to be enabling our officers to have a complete mobile office whilst we're out on patrol.

"We'll be increasing our visibility and accessibility to the community."

Officers can access all police data through the devices and has helped them tackle anti-social behaviour and identify offenders.

Police forces in the East Midlands have received more than 8m to fund the computers and train about 4,000 officers.

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