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iPlod - Police Could Carry Tablet Computers

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:02am 10th May 2013.

Pirate FM has learnt Cornish police could be put on patrol with iPads.

The idea is to stop them having to go back to the police station to fill in forms.

It would also mean photos of people wanted or missing could be beamed to teams on the ground immediately.

Devon and Cornwall Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg, from Helston, told Pirate FM: "What we're trying to do is reduce bureaucracy to avoid officers feel like they must go back to the stations to fill in forms all the time.

"They can have an iPad, or whatever we choose, which can also carry pictures - which they don't have access to at the moment.

"Tablets are fine - you and I probably use tablets - they're great things. But I'm not going to miss the fact that we need mobile phone coverage as well. But every bit will count."

The cost of a top of the range tablet computer can run to more than a thousand pounds.

The idea has already been tried by forces elsewhere in the country, including in Sussex.

There police spent £25,000 on a trial scheme, providing officers in Lewes with access to the computers.

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