Tablet cuts red tape for police

New technology: Sergeant Daniel Moore from Hurstville police has been using the mobile app. Picture: Jane DysonHURSTVILLE and Sutherland police stations have been trialling a new mobile app that enables officers to issue traffic infringement notices through a tablet device.

The app called “mobile notices” was developed by a small team of frontline police officers and is being used by traffic and general duties officers on 20 Apple iPad mini tablets over four weeks at five sites.

Police Minister Michael Gallacher said the new technology would reduce red tape and eliminate paperwork for officers.

“The trial aims to reduce the excessive time officers will need filling out paperwork at the end of their shifts,” Mr Gallacher said.

“It allows fast, seamless and automated data entry on the side of the road, which is then sent to ‘the cloud’.

“All of the complex tasks including PDF infringement creation, electronic service by email or MMS, and integration with the State Debt Recovery Office are performed automatically.”

Project manager Karen McCarthy said the application was well-liked by officers and the community.

“It increases operational hours and allows police officers to be more productive,” she said.

“Even those who are not very tech savvy find it really easy to use.”

Mr Gallacher said a business case would be developed to gather funding approval if the trial was considered successful.

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