Security concerns over police devices


Concerns have been raised over protecting sensitive information on new mobile technology Sussex Police is trialling.

Sussex Police and Crime Panel discussed a report on the hand-held devices on Friday (April 24).

The Panel scrutinises the work of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

A spokesman said: “Hand-held devices will enable officers to access and update policing systems, take witness statement and collect and store evidence.”

The panel welcomed the introduction and testing of the new technology.

Concerns were raised about security of the information it would hold and areas of Sussex where mobile reception is poor.

The meeting heard ensuring the devices picked up a signal was written into Police’s contract with O2 and would be addressed as and when identified.  The devices can hold and transmit information when moved to an area with a better signal.

Brad Watson, Panel Chairman, said: “Members certainly saw the value in bringing policing in Sussex into the 21st century with this new technology, but had a number of concerns about security and the protection of sensitive information. We feel confident that the issues we raised had either been addressed or would be taken forward by the Commissioner on our behalf and we look forward to seeing the results of the testing.”