CHILDERS POLICE AMONG FIRST IN STATE TO USE IPADS FOR EFFICIENCY
Tablet technology to boost officers’ efficiency by 25%
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
“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.”
NEW TECHNOLOGY: Senior Sergeant Sharon Morgan is already seeing the benefits of the new iPads that have been rolled out across the region.