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The policy of honesty. The might of right. The expediency of principle At first glance equipping the thousands of frontline police officers in West Yorkshire with hand-held electronic devices seems like it comes with a whopping price tag.

The move, which means the end of the traditional police notebook, will cost PS5.4m at a time when budgets are being drastically cut but in the long-run it may be a wise investment with West Yorkshire being regarded as pioneers in this area.

All forces will have to move into the high tech era sooner or later and the big plus about this is that it will mean the bobbies will be able to spend more time where it counts - out on the streets rather than sitting in police stations writing up their notes old style.

Perhaps it will also mean that as soon as they have written anything - ranging from a witness statement through to an important piece of intelligence information - it's there on their protected system for good.

Nationally, in the past there have been high profile cases of allegations where entries into notebooks have been changed.

It sounds as though the new system will be more streamlined and possibly even more accountable.

For a truly heart-warming tale look no further than our story about how Brian Firth has been given a new lease of life by his daughter, Amanda.

Brian had spent years suffering from a chronic kidney disorder and his health was deteriorating until Amanda offered to donate one of her kidneys.

When we interviewed Brian he was absolutely choked with emotion. After all, she had, in effect, given him the greatest gift of all - the gift of life.

And it's also a reminder to all of us about the importance of being an organ donor.

There are many other Brians out there who sadly don't have an Amanda to help them.

Give them the same chance by adding your name to the NHS organ donor register - and do it today.

You can sort it online or phone them on 0300 123 2323.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2014
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