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Police protection system pays off for Devon and Cornwall police.

Northgate Information Solutions : 11 February, 2008  (Application Story)
Police patrol safety has been improved at the Devon and Cornwall constabulary with the use of Northgate protection system for officer monitoring.
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary has reaped the dividends of its new officer safety service when it was able to avert a potential attack on a policeman.

Working in partnership with Northgate Information Solutions, the police force introduced an innovative police protection system which improves the speed and efficiency of control room communications, and saves crucial time in which to respond appropriately.

The effectiveness of the service was highlighted when an on-duty officer was called to an incident in a rural location involving a possible drink driver and was confronted by the suspect removing the muzzle from his Rottweiler dog. The officer called for assistance and control room staff were able to locate the officer onscreen and direct other units to the scene where the suspect was arrested quickly and safely.

The new system enables:.

* The protection of every officer in the community by comprehensive monitoring of their movements, whilst control room staff are given full access to up to date officer information.
* Speedier police response times to incidents, increasing public safety.
* More time for specialist staff to focus on targeting police activity through faster processing of officer requests.

Superintendent Peter Strawbridge at Devon and Cornwall Police commented: 'Providing a world class service to people in Devon and Cornwall is our number one priority and police always face some danger delivering this. Our new partnership with Northgate allows officers and vehicles to be located quickly and accurately, significantly enhancing officer safety, particularly in rural and off-road situations. The new service supports our total commitment to our staff and helps us meet the policing needs of our neighbourhoods.'

Ian Blackhurst, Managing Director of Criminal Justice & Public Safety at Northgate Information Solutions, added: "We want to give staff in control rooms and in the field the confidence that challenging incidents will be dealt with effectively and efficiently. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police to provide protection for police and citizens, building healthier communities and greater trust in the criminal justice system.
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