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Norway police get high tech on crime. Norwegian police officers upgrade equipment to help them in the fight against law-breakers. In a move following last year’s strongly critical 22 July Commission report, Minister of Justice Grete Faremo says all police patrol cars are to be equipped with tablet PCs. Use of other solutions is also under consideration. A government whitepaper states that officers may eventually be given access to tailor-made services via smartphones.

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Norway police get high tech on crime

Published on Thursday, 21st March, 2013 at 07:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 21st March 2013 at 15:46.

Norwegian police officers upgrade equipment to help them in the fight against law-breakers.

Norwegian police car in Trondheim
Norwegian police car in Trondheim
Photo: HuBar/Wikimedia Commons


In a move following last year’s strongly critical 22 July Commission report, Minister of Justice Grete Faremo says all police patrol cars are to be equipped with tablet PCs.

Use of other solutions is also under consideration. A government whitepaper states that officers may eventually be given access to tailor-made services via smartphones.

PCs in police vehicles will mean officers can take fingerprints, log evidence, and record sound and picture.

In statement, Minister of Justice Grethe Faremo hails improved technology as “a big step in the right direction so that more tasks can be solved out in the operative field.” She adds that the tools can be used both as preventative and investigative aids.

Police are also considering using drones and following technological developments closely, magazine Computerworld reports.

The sometimes highly-controversial pieces of potentially hostile equipment help officers search for missing persons, and gain an overview of emergency situations. They also have the potential for surveillance.

Norwegian company Prox Dynamics develops and manufactures drones. Amongst its other products are micro helicopters, and so-called ornithopters – an airborne craft that flies by flapping its wings.

It also is behind the Black Hornet helicopter, which according to the company is a “tiny spy drone that can follow enemy targets all the way home.”

Whilst Norway Air Force personnel have to approve its use, Police Directorate spokesperson Rune Andersen tells the magazine “technological developments could give police new possibilities to utilize resources and solve tasks in a more efficient manner.”

We haven’t presently considered using drones, but they are one of several technological fields we probably will be appraising more closely in times to come.”




Published on Thursday, 21st March, 2013 at 07:33 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 21st March 2013 at 15:46.

This post has the following tags: norwaypolice, policenorway, crime.





  
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