Cleveland Police has signed a £7.9 million deal for mobile working solutions across the entire force of 1,400 officers.

Project Cupid (Cleveland Universal Police Information Device) will be delivered by Steria in partnership with Beat Systems. The project will allow Cleveland Police to access and input information in the field, improving intelligence-led policing and letting officers to spend more time on the beat.

Cupid, slated to go live in December 2008, will provide all operational officers with the ability to query and submit data remotely. Officers will be able to access back office systems and processes over a mobile device.

The system will also enable Cleveland Police to search and update over multiple databases including Police National Computer (PNC), Command and Control, DVLA and their Records Management System. Officers on the beat can access the crime and intelligence process to submit intelligence logs, warrant logs, crime logs and other law enforcement tasks.

The police force hopes that helping officers' access information at the point of need will dramatically improve the effectiveness and speed with which the officers can react. The system will also reduce paperwork will allow officers to spend more time in the community preventing and detecting crime and bringing offenders to justice.

"Both Cleveland Police Authority and the Force are dedicated to investing in and supporting our staff with the skills and equipment they need to deliver the professionalism that the public deserves," said chief constable Sean Price of Cleveland Police.

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