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New gear to slash the impact of police cuts in Essex
12:30pm Wednesday 29th August 2012 in News
BOBBIES on the beat will soon be able to spend more time on the streets and less time in the stations.
Essex Police will roll out 270 mobile date terminals to police vehicles by the start of 2013.
A further 131 will be available to investigators.
Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said: "This equipment will allow officers to update incidents, complete reports and be dispatched to calls without the need to return to a police station."
The terminals are expected to help minimise the impact of cuts with the force having to find £42million of savings.
Mr Barker-McCardle added: “By managing and planning our budget with great care, the force is able to continue to invest in new technology, such as mobile data terminals in our police vehicles, which will allow officers to stay out on patrol for longer, rather than returning to stations to complete administration."