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Police officers are now being issued with handheld devices that allow them to access police systems when they are working away from police stations, allowing them to work more effectively.

These devices can be used to access, record and submit key information, directly at the scene, allowing officers to carry out a number of processes without having to return to the police station, for example, recording witness statements and completing missing person forms.

It is intended that the use of these devices will enable officers to work more efficiently and spend more time in their local communities, therefore benefiting the police, victims and local communities.

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