NSW Police Officers Will Use The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 On The Streets To Tackle Crime

In a bid to make NSW Police officers more effective on the beat, 500 of them have been given a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a bunch of cop-friendly apps.

The move is part of a pilot program by the NSW Police Force to improve so-called "real-time policing" efforts.

The Note 4 devices will be distributed widely across the Force, with phones going to the Police Transport Command, Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, Motorcycle Response Unit, Mounted Unit (don't Note and ride, folks), Dog Unit, the State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad and Domestic and Family Violence Teams. Local commands will also get access to the devices.

So what will all of these police officers be doing with their Note 4 devices? Well, police can take notes with the phone's stylus, use two apps at once thanks to Samsung's TouchWiz UI, perform background checks on the spot, gathering evidence and locate officers during emergency using the built-in GPS capabilites.

Oh and make phone calls.

The move is similar to the deployment of over 1000 iPads to Queensland Police officers last year in the name of real-time policing.

Would you accept two new recruits, NSW Police?

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    What network are they using? are the using dedicated Emergency Service 'Lanes' for their data?

      Telstra Mobile.

      Dedicated law enforcement spectrum is far too precious and far too limited to use on non-essential data.

    So what's the real reason? Samsung is offering them a great deal, or is it some technology company or consultant that's "recommended" the devices to them?
    There's obviously a lot more to the story than they just decided to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars of smartphones with two custom apps on them.


      They obviously went through a tender process for this, just like any other government agency. I don't really think the title needs to be updated to "After Going Through Discussions, Feasibility Studies and a Tender Process, NSW Police Officers Will Use The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 On The Streets To Tackle Crime". It's a bit pointless.

      And of course they would have gotten a deal from Samsung and have sought advice on the types of devices they might want to use. They're not tech experts so wouldn't have made the decision on their own.

        The title didn't need to be updated but those sorts of details should be included in the story. That's a very large acquisition.

          What smartphone would you prefer they used instead?

          I mean really the note is a one-of-a-kind device:
          - it has a stylus (which is good for people new to technology or not used to typing on a smartphone)
          - it supports all of Telstra's 4G frequencies as well as Category 6 Carrier Aggregation (which will be useful in large crowds to push above the congestion to get their data down quickly)
          - Samsung is the only company considered to have a secure android device in corporate Australia with it's Knox security hard-baked into the device
          - Samsung has a re-activation lock so that if a device is stolen in the line of duty, it will be useless to a thief since they can't install a new ROM on it. With re-activation lock enabled, not even Samsung themselves can install a fresh ROM on it, and the whole motherboard of the phone has to be replaced. It is impossible to get around (and that's sort of the point)

          What other smartphone in Australia meets all those criteria?

            Plus, the stylus is necessary as they're constantly wearing gloves. The kind of people they deal with, they're rarely touching them without latex gloves on.

            It doesn't matter to me what brand they use or what the selling points of the device are- I use a Samsung Note phone and tablet myself so I know how good they are already. I'd like to know WHAT went into the corporate negotiation side of things and how the acquisition was politically justified by the purchasing officer. -if not the confidential nitty gritty, then at least a broad outline for public consumption.

        Government organisations are prime targets for being rorted on everything and anything.
        Seller hears that the buyer is Government, fees go up , product combinations become nothing but the most expensive items they carry. Everything is a must have. And the guy signing the cheque just signs away because he's a bean counter and no one really cares.

      There might be some other reasons but the Samsung note is a perfect phone for their needs.

        I love my own Samsung Note, but I know for sure that the "other reasons" are the primary motivation for this large tech acquisition, and that is where the more interesting story lies.
        It's like the reasons that most universities and Tafes exclusively have Apple computers in their design labs- they're decent machines, but there are a lot of other incentives and motivations behind the scenes that go into making the decision to acquire them.

        Last edited 23/02/15 7:01 pm

          Most definitely but I think you would be hard pushed to uncover the truth. They don't like the public to find these things out.

    Looks like that cop is showing that other cop a pic of his junk.

    Here's hoping Luke and Campbell aren't recreating this scenario that accurately!

    "So what will all of these police officers be doing with their Note 4 devices" ... tweeting and uploading selfies to facebook, while ignoring any crimes

    They'll be walking around engrossed in their devices just like every other person on the street and miss the crime.

    "The move is similar to the deployment of over 1000 iPads to Queensland Police officers last year in the name of real-time policing"??

    Two paragraphs up will explain how dissimilar! LOLZ. #notafandroid

    Finally, the cops have found a use for stupidly oversized phones - hit people with them.

    All the technology in the world and the bastards are still allowed to "estimate" speed and not have to provide evidence. Total BS.

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