Reykjavík police have purchased nearly a dozen iPads for the force, so that officers can better update their Facebook page.
DV reports that eleven iPads were purchased in all. At a cost of about 85,000 ISK each for the cheapest models, this brings the expenditure to nearly a million crowns. At the same time, the police have seen their budget shrinking in the past couple of years.
Chief of capital police Stefán Eiríksson says the purchase was money well spent, as it will help officers get information to the public about what their daily lives on the job have entailed. By this, he means their Facebook page, although he believes it can be used with other aspects of police work.
“This is a decisive experiment on our behalf,” Stefán says, “and police can, for example, have this device with them when they are on surveillance, and enter in information on their findings with it.”