Police pursue savings through staff scheduling systems

forces are turning to new technology to improve services to the public and to
meet Government targets of 3 per cent efficiency savings.

Wales Police are hoping to increase the number of officers on the streets and
save as much as half a million pounds after introducing a computerised employee
management system.

duty management project will save time by replacing manual staff scheduling
with an IT system that ensures the force always has enough officers working at
any given time.

technology, which covers 1,500 officers and 1,000 civilian staff, ensures the
police spend as much time as possible in the community, while keeping up with
other commitments such as court appearances and training days.

system, called Open Options, also links directly to payroll, calculates complex
overtime payments and ensures compliance to the Working Time Directive.

Ross Wigham

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