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November 3, 2014

West Yorkshire Police force gets 4,000 Samsung phablets

Galaxy Note 3 will replace note books with crime scene apps.

By Ben Sullivan

Samsung has dished out thousands of Galaxy Note 3 smartphones to West Yorkshire please in a partnership that will "maximise capability and effectiveness".

4,000 Galaxy Note 3 devices are being issued to front line officers and staff keeping the peace with West Yorkshire Police, with the phones replacing their traditional pocket note books.

The smartphones will feature online apps which will allow the police officers to record a crime on the phone. Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Andy Battle, said that the devices will alow his officers to spend more time in communities.

"This initiative will exploit technology to maximise the capability and effectiveness of policing at the front-line. It will potentially lead to 7,000 front line officers and staff using the devices," he said.

"As a result of this project, there will be an increase in the amount of time they are able to spend on the streets, dealing with crime and public safety. The device includes an e-notebook which will enable us to record information and make intelligence submissions via secure mobile police apps."

Graham Long, VP of Samsung’s enterprise business team for the UK, said that Samsung is delighted to be playing a part in the streamlining process for the police force.

Long said: "Police officers do an amazing job ensuring safety on our streets and thanks to huge advances in technology, response times are now quicker than ever and they can spend more time on the front line.

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"We’re delighted to be playing our part in this transition and look forward to seeing the benefits to the force and wider community.”

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