New tech keeping cops on the streets

West Midlands Police cops can now “Click & Collect a Crook” as part of a new technology roll-out estimated to be saving the force 550,000 officer hours a year.

Around 4,000 frontline officers are now equipped with smartphones which provide on-the-go access to a range of police systems only previously available on computer terminals in police stations.

Latest statistics show they are carrying out more than 10,000 checks a day using a new app that links to the force’s ‘Corvus’ tasking and briefing system.

It means officers can access the latest intelligence on individuals, vehicles and addresses, plus get information on crime patterns in particular areas, while on the move and not be tied to a desk.

One new facility gives officers the ability to ‘Click & Collect’ a wanted suspect by tapping on their profile to instantly alert colleagues across the force that they are on route to make arrest attempts.