Tech rollout to 10,000 Victoria Police officers adds apps to keep radios free

By The Mandarin

November 2, 2017

How do you get real-time operational information to frontline officers? In 2017 that means iPad Minis and iPhones loaded with applications to give them a technological edge in their daily work to protect community safety.

Using apps instead of radio for operational information in the field helps preserve its mission critical radio communications for when they are needed most.

Victoria is the latest state to rollout the latest gear, with Transit police and Protective Services Officers in Melbourne’s outer western suburbs the first to access the mobility service this month. Queensland Police Service has also using a mobile application developed by Gridstone under the umbrella of Motorola Solutions.

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp sounded chuff this morning announcing 10,000 frontline police, PSOs and specialist units would get the units across the next five years.

Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp said the technology represented yet another way Victoria Police was ensuring Victorians received a modern, well-equipped law enforcement service.

“With this new technology, police in the community will have improved access to operational information and capabilities to make timely, informed decisions in the field,” he said.

“The technology will also enable police to have a greater presence in the community, by spending more time proactively policing in the field and less time station-bound doing administration work.”

In the initial phase of the technology rollout, members will have access to operational information including the ability to perform person checks.

The functionality will increase and evolve over time to also include electronic patrol duty returns, computer aided dispatch and access to national resources.

“Victoria Police is committed to continually developing and enriching the capabilities of our police and PSOs,” Mr Crisp said.

“This mobile technology will be available for the additional 2700 frontline police set to be recruited across the next four years.”

 

 

The upgrade is part of Victoria Police’s BlueConnect program “Connecting police and the community through technology.”

Steve Crutchfield, Motorola Solutions’ Vice President and Managing Director said the applications are designed to improve decision-making: “For example, it can alert officers about potentially dangerous suspects. Eventually, the application will free up officers’ time, enabling them to complete administrative tasks in the field instead of back at the station.”

 

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