Ex­tra tech­nol­ogy

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Po­lice of­fi­cers at Sey­mour are one of the 37 re­gional sta­tions across the state that now have ac­cess to spe­cial­ist tech­nol­ogy to re­spond to dan­ger­ous and high-risk in­ci­dents.

More than 570 tasers have now been rolled out across Vic­to­ria to gen­eral du­ties and high­way pa­trol of­fi­cers, as part of the state gov­ern­ment’s bid to fight crime and keep com­mu­ni­ties safer.

While tasers will bet­ter equip front­line po­lice to re­solve dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions, there are strict pro­cesses in place to mon­i­tor their use, in­clud­ing au­to­matic video record­ing when the de­vices are ac­ti­vated.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Lisa Neville said ac­cess to the new tech­nol­ogy gave po­lice in re­gional Vic­to­ria an ad­di­tional non-lethal tac­ti­cal op­tion and broad­ened their ca­pa­bil­ity to quickly and safely re­solve these high-risk in­ci­dents.

‘‘Po­lice across the re­gional ar­eas now have ac­cess to the best tech­nol­ogy to re­spond quickly and ef­fec­tively to in­ci­dents, and keep lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties safe,’’ Ms Neville said.

Two new re­gional foren­sic hubs will help po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate and stop the spread of ice and other drugs, en­sur­ing po­lice no longer need to send ev­i­dence hours away to Mel­bourne for foren­sic test­ing.

Po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices in re­gional Vic­to­ria will also gain ac­cess to the state’s dig­i­tal ra­dio net­work from 2018, elim­i­nat­ing key black spots and in­creas­ing the se­cu­rity of po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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