Queensland Police to be extra informed with iPads

HUNDREDS of police across Queensland will be walking the beat with iPads.

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey announced that following a successful trial, more than 500 frontline officers had iPhones and iPads that give them better access to information, with another 1250 to come by November.

"We are committed to delivering better frontline police infrastructure and we are investing more than ever before into new technology for emergency services," Mr Dempsey said.

"The technology provides a platform for myriad different functions, and will eventually include applications such as fingerprint and facial recognition technology.

"The QLiTE system has been developed by the Queensland Police Service and deployed to officers from Far North Queensland on Thursday Island to Surfers Paradise and remote patrols in the North West of the state, with 1250 more to come in time for G20."

Queensland Police Service Commissioner Ian Stewart said feedback from officers had been overwhelmingly positive.

"We have received feedback from officers which shows these devices are successful operational tools, particularly in remote and regional Queensland," Commissioner Stewart said.

"Officers are getting greater access to operational information where traditionally they would have to rely on radios in areas of bad coverage.

"The Queensland Police Service will be actively using these new devices and technologies during the G20 events later in 2014 to protect world leaders.

Recently Acting Chief Superintendent David Johnson, Information and Communications Technology Division, was recognised as the Government CIO of the year at the iTnews Benchmark Awards for his remarkable work on the project.

"These devices make policing quicker, more effective and safer. It is revolutionary technology that will help us make the streets safer for Queenslanders." Acting Chief Superintendent Johnson said.

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