York Regional Police is modernizing how its officers work by switching to digital note-taking technology.
After accepting proposals in August 2021, the force has partnered with Digital Mobility Inc. for its Intelligent Mobile Patrol software to allow officers to complete their notes electronically.
“York Regional Police continues to be provincial and national leaders in utilizing the latest technology to modernize our police service and create efficiencies for officers that ultimately benefit our community,” said Chief Jim MacSween. “We’re pleased to partner with DMI on this innovative solution, which transforms our current paper-based process.”
YRP is one of three forces in the province to implement this software, which it says will allow officers to spend less time on notes for court and devote more time to patrolling and community engagement.
“Note-taking is an essential part of police work. DMI wanted to take e-notes and modernize the process for the 21st century,” said Nadeem Basaria, director of DMI. “The software provides a complete e-notes solution, integrating systems and reducing duplication, coupled with state-of-the-art encryption and security to ensure the integrity of the data from officer to court. We are extremely proud to be working with YRP on this implementation.”
YRP said the change will also reduce administrative time and costs.
Implementation of electronic notes was one of the items outlined in the police service's information technology business plan for 2020 to 2022.
Modernized note-taking was also included in the 2021 operating budget for YRP, as part of $600,000 to "support the modernization of officers and vehicles." This also included in-car tablets and mobile equipment.
YRP said all sworn members will be trained on the software in 2022.