CHILDERS PO­LICE AMONG FIRST IN STATE TO USE IPADS FOR EF­FI­CIENCY

Tablet tech­nol­ogy to boost of­fi­cers’ ef­fi­ciency by 25%

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - By MELINDA BRAD­FORD

CHILDERS Po­lice of­fi­cers are among the first in the state to ac­quire mod­ern tech­nol­ogy that will in­crease ef­fi­ciency and put more of­fi­cers on the streets.

Three lo­cal of­fi­cers have re­ceived iPads with award-win­ning soft­ware which will be rolled out across the re­gion.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Sharon Mor­gan, who re­ceived an iPad and train­ing last week, wel­comed the tech­nol­ogy.

Snr Const Mor­gan said the iPad was al­ready hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on her work­load.

“The iPad pro­vides far greater ef­fi­ciency be­cause I can use it when I am out on the road rather than hav­ing to re­turn to the sta­tion to com­plete ad­min­is­tra­tion-re­lated tasks,” she said.

“This al­lows me to then be out among the com­mu­nity, and al­lows me to con­duct proac­tive and re­ac­tive pa­trols more ef­fec­tively, de­tect and in­ves­ti­gate of­fences, and en­gage with mem­bers of the pub­lic.”

Po­lice Min­is­ter and Mem­ber for Bund­aberg Jack Dempsey said over the next two and a half years the iPads were ex­pected to boost po­lice ef­fi­ciency by25%. The iPads are loaded with 26 apps and Mr Dempsey said it meant po­lice were linked to the am­bu­lance ser­vice, the fire and res­cue ser­vice and the lo­cal govern­ment.

“Other steps we are look­ing at in­clude fin­ger­print tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

“The next thing is fa­cial

Po­lice Min­is­ter Jack Dempsey Other steps we are look­ing at in­clude fin­ger­print tech­nol­ogy. The next thing is fa­cial recog­ni­tion

recog­ni­tion.

“This will give po­lice the ad­van­tage of be­ing out on the streets pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity like never be­fore.”

Mr Dempsey said of­fi­cers now had cru­cial in­for­ma­tion in the palms of their hands, giv­ing law en­force­ment teams an im­me­di­ate “leg-up” in the fight against crime.

“The tech­nol­ogy pro­vides a plat­form for myr­iad dif­fer­ent func­tions,” he said.

“We want to make sure we’re ahead of the game.”

Ser­vice Com­mis­sioner Ian Ste­wart said: “Of­fi­cers are get­ting greater ac­cess to op­er­a­tional in­for­ma­tion where tra­di­tion­ally they would have to rely on ra­dios in ar­eas of bad cov­er­age and sav­ing up to 30 min­utes per shift in desk time, which will add up to more vis­i­ble polic­ing and pa­trols in the com­mu­nity.”

PHOTO: MELINDA BRAD­FORD

NEW TECH­NOL­OGY: Se­nior Sergeant Sharon Mor­gan is al­ready see­ing the ben­e­fits of the new iPads that have been rolled out across the re­gion.

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