BlackBerry smartphones now a standard issue with the UK police

BlackBerry smartphones now a standard issue with the UK police
Police officers are provided with a lot of items with their standard issued uniforms. Of course you'll find most officers sporting a badge and some kind of pistol so they stand out from a far distance. Over in the UK though, they're adding an unorthodox piece of equipment to their lineup to aid officers – BlackBerry smartphones. You heard that right – over 1,100 frontline police officers in Bedfordshire, UK will be issued some kind of BlackBerry to increase visibility in the community and improve operational efficiency. These aren't meant to be used during downtime to beat high scores in BrickBreaker, instead they will also provide access to the Police National Computer – their forces crime management system, and intelligence database. Saving time and being more efficient will be the big push behind the use of these BlackBerry devices – which adds tremendous cuts in public spending.

via BlackBerry Cool

BlackBerry smartphones now a standard issue with the UK police

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5 Comments

1. VZW_Phone_Whore

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 11, 2009

Hot Fuzz

2. MTLance unregistered

OMG Apple failed to get govt contracts?

3. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I can only imagine how many warranty replacements they'll go through.

4. JC_Agga

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 24, 2009

People need to get it straight, and this proves it. iPhone is not really a good smartphone, but i think of it as stylish phone(even though i never really liked the style) with smartphone capabilities, thus alternative to smartphone. But i'm more surprised that HTC or Samsung didn't get chosen.

5. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

RIM has been doing case studies with the UK police for a few years now on using berries to save time (they don't have to travel back to the office to file paperwork, access databases, etc.). So this really is no surprise.

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