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with Mary Witsey.
Police embrace new technology
New mobility devices are making a big impact on lawmakers
Police technology: Constable James Ure, of Te Anau, and Sub Area Commander Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley, of Winton, trying out some of the new technology,
which all police in the Western Southland district now carry.
Photo: MARY WITSEY. 628184648
By MARY WITSEY
Police in the Western Southland
district are enjoying the benefits
of recently introduced new smart-
phone and tablet technology.
Staff at Winton, Tuatapere, River-
ton, Otautau, Ohai, Lumsden and
Te Anau now have mobility
devices in use on a daily basis and
Sub Area Commander Senior
Sergeant Cynthia Fairley says it
has already made an impact.
''It's all about getting frontline
staff out into the community.
''At the moment staff can be tied
to the desk.
''This will free them up, allowing
them to get back out preventing
crime and preventing crashes. It's
looking to the future and it's a
Police could check details about
offenders on their Ipads, rather
than radioing through for infor-
''This frees up the police com-
munications system so that if
there is an emergency that person
can get on the line quickly.''
The technology provided GPS and
access to maps and it allowed
police to take crime scene photos
and email them back to base, or
use Facetime to discuss issues
with other staff while out in the
''As the technology increases it'll
give the boys more time in their
vehicles rather than in the
And already reports had been
positive, she said.
''We've had some good work
stories coming back where staff
have been able to check driver
licence details for people giving
''We now have that information at
our finger-tips -- so it'll catch out a
lot of people, especially in rural
''It will prevent a lot of disquali-
fied drivers on the roads because
we can verify details on the spot.
''This has been needed for a long
time. Instead of reacting to crime,
it's about getting out there
preventing crime and preventing
Police Minister Anne Tolley said
the initial rollout of smartphones
and tablets to frontline officers
had been completed across New
Zealand's twelve police districts,
with the smart devices set to
deliver huge gains in tackling and
Across the Southern police dis-
trict 470 smartphones and 279
tablets have been issued, provid-
ing an additional 40,843 frontline
hours per year, she said.
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New promotions manager excited for Winton
Wonderful Winton: Winton Area Promotions new president Jeannette Casey
who is keen to carry on the good work of the organisation in encouraging
people to enjoy what Winton has to offer.
Photo: MARY WITSEY 628184627
By MARY WITSEY
What: Winton Area Promotions
Who: New president Jeanette
Want to join the group? Contact
Mrs Casey on: 236 8949.
Winton Area Promotions' new
president is keen to encourage
more people to visit the town.
Jeanette Casey said Winton was a
great place to live.
''We think Winton's fantastic.
''It's a family town, a good
retirement settlement and
there're all the facilities here
you'll ever need.
''It's to get people into the town to
see what's here and may be even
to come here and live.''
Mr Casey had been a member of
the promotions organisation for
22 years and said she was
ambitious for what the group
''It's to promote Winton to its own
community and to others coming
through the town.
''I want to keep things moving
forward -- making things better.''
Winton Area Promotions was
responsible for the popular
Winton-wide garage sale and the
Winton marketeers craft and
produce market at the town's
Another event about to happen
was the Take a Drive Down
Memory Lane event on Sunday,
Back again after a very successful
day last year, it aims to promote
attractions from yesteryear,
including vintage museums and
cars in the town.
The group was always looking for
new ideas to promote Winton, she
said, and they would also love
some new members.
''It's a lovely positive group of
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