All Police Staff To Get Smart Devices
Every police officer in Jersey will soon be issued with a mobile phone or tablet.
SoJP is handing out devices to staff under the ‘Smart Police Project’.
The new man leading the force says he’s determined to lead an ‘effective and efficient force’.
Deputy Chief Officer Julian Blazeby heading up Jersey Police while Rob Bastable is unwell, and following Mike Bowron’s departure.
He has been telling Channel 103 he’s keen to save money where he can:
“We are rolling out devices to all out staff over the next couple of months – and that’s tablets or mobile phones. Now our staff, instead of having to come back to the police station to log on to a computer and generate some paperwork, can actually deal with things on the street and access their desktop out and about. So that’s going to save time in terms of having to come back, and money.”
A ten-week long trial involving 44 officers from across all departments took place last year to see what impact it would have. Half were equipped with devices.
Mr Blazeby says he aims to make the force more ‘visible’ – but that is not just about being seen on the streets.
His predecessor, Mike Bowron, was often lauded for walking the beat in his lunch break.
We have been asking Mr Blazeby about his approach.
“I am very keen to be visible, but visible in different ways. You may not always see me in the town centre, but if I am not there, my staff will be there. It is actually not just about me, there is a great team here and it is about the whole team.”
— DCO Julian Blazeby (@DCO_JBlazeby) November 23, 2017
Swapped 4 legs in my office for 2 at lunchtime today to @JerseyPolice patrol the town centre, getting cooler but more like the festive season, it’s approaching fast, stay safe and enjoy
— DCO Julian Blazeby (@DCO_JBlazeby) November 30, 2017
Escaped the office after a day of meetings for a late shift @JerseyPolice patrol, Pc Cubbin and Sgt O’connor dealing with drunkeness, a domestic assault and mental health issues, routine policing for colleagues, dealing with these issues sensitively and fairly
— DCO Julian Blazeby (@DCO_JBlazeby) December 2, 2017