£80m smart phones prevent policing

Sarah Coles
police officer on phone
police officer on phone

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It all sounds very good in principle: if you invest in the right technology then any job can be done more efficiently, and you can do far more with far fewer people. It's why police forces around the country have been investing in smart phones for their officers, to keep more of them out on the streets.

However, a new report reveals that the policy has been a complete failure, and in some instances actually kept officers stuck at their desks for longer. So what went so wrong?