Currently launched at the Community Policing Units (CPUs) of Tampines and Bukit Merah East Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs), the mobile devices allow officers to communicate better with residents and file information electronically.
Officers under CPUs patrol on foot or on bicycles.
The tablets, preloaded with crime prevention material, allow the 35 officers involved in the trial to share information, including advisories and video clips, with member of the public. The crime prevention material will also include a host of relevant data and statistics that might be useful in crime prevention.
The material is available in multiple languages in order to enable the officers to communicate with residents in any of Singapore’s four official languages, and comes with a translation facility in order to help them communicate.
Officers are also able to collate and share information recorded during patrols using the system. Currently, such administrative routine are performed manually, consuming significant amount of time, and preventing the officers from achieving a work-life balance, according to the press release.
The police say that the trial will last for one month, at the end of which they will assess the effectiveness of the system based on feedback from the police officers who have been included in the pilot.
Tablet deployment is the latest initiative by the police in the Community Policing System (COPS) scheme, which aims to enhance security in Singapore’s neighbourhoods and eventually have CCTV surveillance at all of the country’s car parks and public housing blocks by 2016.
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