Policing minister visits Winchester to test out new crime-fighting technology (From Hampshire Chronicle)
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Policing minister visits Winchester to test out new crime-fighting technology
1:25pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE Police are expected to maintain high standards despite facing £25m in cuts, according to a government minister.
Damian Green, minister of policing, visited Winchester yesterday to test out new technology, with Hampshire Constabulary leading that field nationally.
Hampshire Constabulary has already made £55m in savings at a cost of 400 jobs but Mr Green said forces across the country were feeling the pinch.
He said: “It’s a general position and we all know what the national financial situation is and we have to save money everywhere.
“Crime has been falling more in Hampshire than in most other areas and that’s a credit to the chief constable and the force. They have been able to find ways of doing more for less and providing a better service even through this squeeze.
“I think the solution is to use technology and better management to make sure that every minute of every officer’s time is used effectively in preventing crime.”
Among the technology on show were body-worn video (BWV) cameras and tablet computers that allow officers to make reports directly from the scene.
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