The BlackBerry Is Mightier Than The Pen!

August 16, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

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This article caught my eye and I had to share it with you. Europe is usually ahead of us with phones, medication, and laws such as the bluetooth. This one is about the police and their paperwork. It comes down to this: If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the BlackBerry must be mightier than both!

The Press Associated announced that police will soon be spending less time on paperwork in the office and more time out on duty in the streets. It appears more than 600 South Yorkshire police are going to be handed a BlackBerry. The BlackBerry smartphones are going to contain an app developed by Vodaphone and Airpoint which will give them the ability to access records on the go.

The app imports data straight from the Police National Computer, cutting down on paperwork time as they will be able to access police records, identify people, vehicles and locations in real-time. They will also be able to enter details of “Stop and Account” where an individual is stopped but not searched. This will hopefully solve the 855  days spent last year in office paperwork and put those days back to duty, since those days were due to administration demands and correcting mistakes.

The officers can look forward to their new BlackBerry smartphones in October. Wonder when our police tasks force will go to a BlackBerry. It would be interesting: Armed with BlackBerry.

What are your thoughts about this? Think it would be a good move or bad move? I’m aware some parts of Alaska already use them, but here’s something interesting. There have been stories of policemen hitting a car in front because they were checking their personal BlackBerry, but what will happen when they are officially passed one as a work related device? I guess only time will tell.

[via: The Press Associated]

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