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NZ Police slowly installing car computers

NZ Police slowly installing car computers

A police initiative to put computers in patrol cars is progressing slowly, with just 25 computers installed in the past 22 months. Police began the initiative in 2006 and by May 2007 had kitted out 85 vehicles in Auckland. Since then only 25 more computers have been installed, all in Auckland.

Communications centre national manager Superintendent Andy McGregor says the project has a flexible time frame so police can “optimise the technology available”. Police plan to install computers in about 125 more cars but have not yet decided which districts will benefit.

There is no plan to install the computers in all 2777 frontline police cars. Officers are using the computers to access police systems and carry out checks on vehicle and people “in a timely manner” and to receive incident details from police dispatchers.


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