Modernising the Police Service of Northern Ireland

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is continuing to embrace new ways of working to ensure that we make good use of our precious time and deliver the best service to the public that we can.

2022 will see us working in smarter and more intelligent ways. As part of our Digital Strategy, and following a successful pilot of Panasonic Rugged Toughbooks last year, the organisation will commence the rollout of approximately 4,000 of these new laptops to Sergeants and Constables in Local Policing Teams (LPTs), Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs), Tactical Support Groups (TSGs), Road Policing Unit (RPU) and District Support Teams (DSTs).

Chief Constable Simon Byrne said; “One of our three key priorities is to build a Digital Police Service. We want to embrace technology to improve how officers can access information to make better smarter real time decisions. We want to speed up how we collect and capture evidence and improve our service to victims and witnesses of crime and incidents”.

“The new rugged laptops will enable officers to access systems remotely whilst away from their station enabling them to spend more time on patrol and out working with their local community keeping people safe. The rugged design of the Toughbook makes it ideal for use in challenging environments and the feedback from the pilot so far has been excellent.

“We are committed to maintaining and investing new technology, infrastructure and projects that are key to maintaining our operational effectiveness and advancing our programme of business change. Digitalised policing and further investment in technology will make it easier for the public to make contact with the police wherever they are in the country and enable us to make better use of digital intelligence and evidence.”

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