All uniformed first responder officers will have body worn cameras, thanks to new contract arrangements that will bring benefits for police and Far North Queensland.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the move was a major step forward for front line police officers.
“These new advances will deliver a significant improvement in body worn camera technology,” Mr Healy said.
“These new cameras will help to keep police officers safe, while also boosting public confidence and transparency in the QPS.
“The Palaszczuk Government is tough on crime, and absolutely dedicated to keeping the Far North safe.”
Mr Healy said body worn cameras were vital policing tools as they provided an impartial record of events.
“Along with the new cameras, uniformed first responder officers will now have access to two important technologies, body worn cameras and QLiTE tablet devices,” he said.
“The new contract will increase the Queensland Police Service body worn camera fleet to 7,700 devices.
This is a massive increase from the initial 2,100 Government supplied devices that previously comprised the body worn camera fleet.”
Mr Healy said the QPS was the first policing agency in the Asia Pacific to implement a body worn camera regime.
“Having real time footage available will make the job of our police much easier, as they can wrap up investigations quicker and more efficiently,” he said.
“This also means we can redirect resources away from administration and towards the frontline – meaning even more police officers will be out on the frontline, protecting communities.
“Police in Cairns and the Far North deserve the very best equipment, as they work to protect families and the community.”
• QPS body worn camera fleet increase to 7700 devices
• All uniformed first responder officers will now be allocated with a body worn camera
• Cameras are high-definition and industry-leading for their design and purpose
• Officers won’t have to physically attend premises to collect footage, freeing up resources
• Reduced administrative time for officers redirected to the front line.