Police officers in across the Northside will be better protected with stage two of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) state-wide roll out of body worn cameras by the Palaszczuk Government.
State Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, welcomed this significant advancement for the Queensland Police Service and said the hey are pleased to see the new technology delivering improved performance and services for Northside police officers.
The stage two roll out of the body worn cameras will start in July 2017 and see the total number of devices in use across Queensland increase to 5,100, at police stations including Sandgate.
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.
“These cameras have seen significant benefits to Police, and the Northside community can feel confident knowing that local officers are equipped with evidence gathering technology” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“This is a major advancement for Police and delivers on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to keeping our frontline officers safe.”
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the Palaszczuk Government allocated more than $6 million over three years to provide cameras to our frontline men and women to help keep them safe.
“With 2400 new cameras 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,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Stage 2 rollout will see body worn camera equipment and training rolled out to an additional 142 police stations by December 2017. The deployment of all 5100 body worn cameras will see this capability delivered to a total of 168 police stations throughout the state.”
“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.”