Crash app to free up resources
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”.