Crash app to free up re­sources

Isis Town and Country - - News -

PO­LICELINK’s new smart phone app means mo­torists can re­port mi­nor crashes with­out hav­ing to wait for of­fi­cers to at­tend.

The tech­nol­ogy is in­tended for only mi­nor crashes, sim­i­lar to those in car parks, where the main pur­pose of po­lice in­volve­ment is for in­surance pur­poses.

Childers po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Ge­off Fay said the sys­tem, which is al­ready used in­ter­state, could al­low his of­fi­cers to de­vote time to other is­sues.

“But most of our crashes in­volve the high­way, which means we’d still have to at­tend if the road needs to be closed and de­bris cleared,” Sgt Fay said.

While the app will save time for mi­nor crashes, Sgt Fay said po­lice would still have to at­tend crash scenes that in­volved death or in­jury, sus­pected drugs or al­co­hol, whether the driver had failed to share de­tails with other driv­ers in­volved in the crash, and if a dis­abled or im­paired driver re­quired as­sis­tance.

Road Polic­ing Com­mand act­ing as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Mike Keat­ing said the new re­port­ing via Po­licelink, which took ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, would al­low mo­torists to con­tinue their jour­ney with­out wait­ing for po­lice.

“In 2010, a Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice re­port es­ti­mated about 73,000 of­fi­cer hours were ded­i­cated each year to re­spond­ing to non-in­jury crashes,” he said.

“By mak­ing amend­ments to our pol­icy we will be able to re­duce th­ese hours, al­low­ing of­fi­cers to re­spond to more ur­gent mat­ters.”

In some sit­u­a­tions dis­cre­tion would de­ter­mine whether it was in the pub­lic in­ter­est to at­tend and/or in­ves­ti­gate. The Po­licelink Smart phone app can be down­loaded from the App store by search­ing “Po­licelink”.

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