Police in Winnipeg and other parts of the province are hoping greater access to new technologies will mean less time spent on paperwork and processing information and more time available for core policing duties.
The province is spending $750,000 to plug more police in to the Connected Officer Pilot (COP) program. The province says the move follows a successful trial of the technology initiative with Winnipeg Police in the past year.
Key functions of the COP program technology include increasing the ability of officers to manage evidence digitally; taking statements, uploading video, picture and audio evidence, and recording notes digitally. Cloud-based storage of the information makes it readily accessible from the application on desktops and mobile device.
The province says having police services across Manitoba create connected officers will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of front-line officers by giving them greater access to information and increased interaction with police data centres from wherever they are working.
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