The Belleville Police Service is looking at making some major investments in technology to support frontline officers and investigations.
The Police Services Board was briefed Tuesday on EvidenceWorks and Samsung “Connected Officer” technology, which can link together various peices of an investigation like video evidence, suspect interviews and more.
It can also give officers access to things like criminal records and other systems, through the touch of a smartphone.
Deputy Police Chief Mike Callaghan says the technology will make investigations safer, faster and easier to share between departments.
Callahan says if they move forward to the expanded phases, the system would be a cost-effective way to allow officers to access information and communicate without installing laptops in cars, which the BPS does not currently have.
The force is installing the interview room technology first and has a pilot project scheduled for the in-car technology in the early fall.
Any other equipment purchases would still have to go through the budget process.