IN­SIDE: Caloun­dra Po­lice Sta­tion run­ning Queens­land first app trial.

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - An­nie Caughey An­nie.Caughey@sc­news.com.au

CALOUN­DRA po­lice are call­ing for res­i­dents to shine up their badges and whack on their avi­a­tors.

In a Queens­land polic­ing first, the po­lice sta­tion is open­ing a rare trial to the pub­lic.

It in­volves the use of an in­for­ma­tion shar­ing ap­pli­ca­tion called Tele­gram that works like an in­stant mes­sag­ing ser­vice, it gives po­lice a one-way chan­nel to hand out safety warn­ings and case leads to cit­i­zens.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Dan Barker is in charge of the trial and he said it will im­prove the sta­tion’s ef­fi­ciency, as of­fi­cers can rely on pub­lic in­for­ma­tion to help broaden their eyes on the street.

“If you think about Neigh­bour­hood Watch, but on an in­stant and more use­ful scale,” Snr Const Barker said.

“At the mo­ment we’ve been send­ing out in­for­ma­tion where we are seek­ing as­sis­tance in re­la­tions to break and en­ter of­fences, shop steal­ing of­fences, stolen cars and all man­ner of dif­fer­ent bits and pieces.

“Pre­vi­ously when we’ve had CCTV images of po­ten­tial sus­pects we’ve re­ally been lim­ited to the in­for­ma­tion we cir­cu­late in­ter­nally within the po­lice and if no one knows who that po­ten­tial sus­pect is, then a lot of those mat­ters will go un­solved. But that doesn’t mean some­one in the pub­lic doesn’t know who that per­son is.”

The trial has been run­ning since Jan­uary with the as­sis­tance of some busi­ness own­ers on Bul­cock Street, and its suc­cess has now moved the trial into its sec­ond stage, which aims to reach out to a wider group.

Res­i­dents can down­load Tele­gram from App Store or Google Play and later regis­ter here: t.me/ caloun­drapo­lice.

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON

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