In brief: NSW Police launch mobile pilot

500 smartphones deployed to local area commands, region enforcement squads and some specialist units

NSW Police today announced the force was deploying 500 smartphones as part of a pilot program.

The devices have been deployed to officers within local area commands and region enforcement squads as well a number of specialist units, a statement from NSW Police said.

In addition, officers in police transport command, traffic and highway patrol command, motorcycle response unit, mounted unit, dog unit, the state crime command's gangs squad, and the domestic and family violence team will receive the devices.

The smartphones can be used for evidence gathering and performing background checks on vehicles and individuals. Data on the devices can be wiped remotely.

"Policing can be a dangerous job and this device means officers can perform checks on the spot and gain operational information that could prove pertinent during high-risk situations," NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said in a statement.

"The device will also save officers time by streamlining their daily duties as it eliminates the need for officers to return to their vehicle to access information.

"Officers from the police transport command and traffic and highway patrol command will benefit greatly from this device particularly during high-visibility operations."

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