Hampshire Constabulary have been given some £1.1million of extra funding following a successful bid for to support five separate initiatives, including equipping Isle of Wight officers with body worn video cameras as previously reported.
The funding has been awarded to enhance and improve the use of technology in the detection and investigation of crime.
Speaking about the successful funding bid, Hampshire’s Police Commissioner Simon Hayes said:
“I am delighted the government has accepted my bid and agreed to allocate vital funding – especially in view of the continuing governmental budgetary cuts to policing. This funding endorses my decision in March 2013 to fund the initial Isle of Wight pilot project and the subsequent roll-out to all Targeted Patrol Teams across the force.
“Body-worn video provides an additional resource that supports officers in gathering accurate and irrefutable evidence in certain situations where it might otherwise be lost. It also makes officers more efficient and accountable to the public in the many challenging situations they face daily.
“The continual investment in latest technology provides greater opportunities for officers to work away from land bases. This allows us to sell old, costly to maintain, and unfit for purpose police stations, and work from shared accommodation with partners.
“Collaborative working will become fundamental to the way in which public services are delivered in the future and work is already well advanced on this, while the additional funding from the Innovation Grant enables us to continue in this direction.”
Chief Constable Andy Marsh added:
“I am extremely pleased we have been awarded £1.1million from the £20million available to be bid for by police forces across England and Wales.
“This amount is clear recognition of our force’s growing reputation for innovation and improving policing through maximising the use of modern technology.”