MORE than 5000 police officers will soon be armed with Body Cameras in Queensland as stage two of the statewide roll out gets underway.
Stage two will see the Body Worn Cameras introduced at 142 additional police stations, taking the total number of devices in use across Queensland to 5,100.
Minister for Police Mark Ryan today made the announcement today, promising an extra 2400 body cameras.
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“The Palaszczuk Government allocated more than $6 million over three years to provide BWCs to our frontline men and women to help keep them safe,” Minister Ryan said.
“With 2400 new BWCs distributed throughout the state as part of stage 2, as well as the redeployment of existing cameras to identified stations, the Palaszczuk Government has delivered the largest roll out of BWCs in Australia and the third in the world.”
Minister Ryan said in 2016, stage one of the BWC roll out delivered cameras for 26 police stations, 47 road policing units and 13 tactical crime squads within the south-east, central and north Queensland.
“The Stage 2 rollout will see BWC equipment and training rolled out to 142 additional police stations by December 2017,” Minister Ryan said.
“The deployment of all 5100 BWCs will see this capability delivered to a total of 168 police stations throughout the state.
“This is a significant advancement for the Service and will almost double the existing fleet of BWCs and delivers on this Government’s commitment to keeping our frontline officers safe.
“Frontline police including general duties officers and specialist police such as Road Policing Command officers, tactical crime units, rapid action and patrols groups benefited from stage one of the BWC roll out, and now we are expanding this across Queensland.”
Commissioner Ian Stewart said the further roll out of BWC was a significant advancement for the QPS and the new technology would deliver improved performance and services for the community.
“BWC have seen significant benefits to the Service, and the community, including saving officers a minimum of 10 minutes a shift, and enhanced evidence gathering and storing techniques,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“BWC have assisted officers in dealing with a number of operational situations, including serious incidents such as domestic and family violence and alcohol-fuelled violence through enhanced evidence gathering.
“Extra training will be provided throughout the state with the stage two roll out expected to be completed in December 2017,” Commissioner Stewart said.