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i-Time: New technology is proving great value for helping police in their work.
By ANNA PRICE
A SIGNIFICANT number of
disqualified and suspended drivers
giving false licence details have been
nailed by police across Canterbury
using the new-issue iPhones and
Sergeant Colin Stewart of Ran-
giora Police hails the new tools as
great technology in the crime-
It s the most significant change
I ve seen in the police for 27 years,
he said. Its better than we ever
It allows us to view all the jobs
that are available in a much more
timely fashion than waiting to be
Instead of have to line up to use
police communications, we have all
that data instantly at our fingertips,
so we can do vehicle checks, persons
checks, everything, n the spot.
All uniformed frontline staff were
issued with the new technology in a
nation-wide rollout three weeks ago.
One of the trainers, Constable
Aaron Campbell, is their new man
stationed at Oxford.
Every few days, police had been
able to identify illegal drivers since
the issue, Mr Stewart said.
The new technology was used to
optimum effect in the search for the
three missing hunters in the Lees
Valley last week.
One of the missing persons
couldn t tell us which hut he was
staying in. It s a vast area with a
large number of huts. He just had a
photo of just that hut. One of the
wives used her ipad to photograph
and send it to my ipad when sitting
in the car in Blackett St, Rangiora,
Mr Stewart recounted.
I emailed it to a farmer, Robert
Stokes in Lees Valley, knowing he
would know. He got photo immedi-
ately and identified positively exac-
tly where that hut it was. That gave
us an ability in another 15 minutes
to locate the vehicle belonging to
It s a good example of the value of
Nationally, productivity benefits of
$305 million are projected. Vodafone
is providing the mobile connections.
The cost of the rollout is $4.3 mil-
lion. Over the next decade, police will
spend $159 million in operating
expenditure to fund the initiative.
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Ashamed of Hekia
We in New Zealand have just
witnessed the greatest ego-trip by
any member of Parliament in the
years I have voted, 60 of them.
Hekia Parata, hang your head in
You have managed to break the
hearts of so many Kiwi kids in
suburban Christchurch that I am
ashamed to claim you as Maori.
Your thoughtless decision to
ignore their and their mentors pleas
will, I hope, spell the end of your
term with this government. As an
academic, one would think that your
views, although based solely on
economics, could have at least given
thought to what mayhem and great
sorrow you have caused in an area
that has suffered so badly over the
last three years.
I am sure this will not be forgotten
at election time.
Wally Wakefield (Wekepiri)
With so many buildings and homes
lost it is hard to believe that the
Christchurch City Council would
even consider cutting down the
magnificent eucalyptus trees on the
southern border of Avonhead Park
which have stood strong and proud
through all the earthquakes. They
were planted well before the houses
bordering the park, and were
selected in the first place because of
the size of the park, and also to
screen the power pylons which will
be exposed to full view.
The cherry tree replacements are
out of scale, and more suited to a
small reserve. Let s hope the council
has a rethink about the whole issue.
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