The Queensland Police Service (QPS) will today begin the state-wide roll out of Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) for frontline police following the success of the program on the Gold Coast.
Police Minister Bill Byrne said 2,200 new cameras would be purchased to complement the existing 500 Service-issued cameras already in use on the Gold Coast and in the Road Policing Command.
The total distribution of 2,700 Body Worn Cameras will represent the largest number of devices rolled out to any law enforcement agency in Australia, and the fourth largest roll out anywhere in the world.
“Following the successful trial on the Coast, I am pleased to announce that the QPS is now in a position to deploy BWCs to other priority sites throughout the state,” Minister Byrne said.
“Frontline officers at key locations across 26 south-east Queensland, central Queensland and north Queensland police stations will now be equipped with cameras which greatly assist in dealing with serious incidents such as alcohol-fuelled violence and domestic and family violence through enhanced evidence gathering.
“Specialist teams including tactical crime units, rapid action and patrol groups, the Railway Squad, Dog Squad and the Road Policing Command will now also benefit from BWCs.
“This is another election commitment the Palaszczuk Government can tick off.”
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the roll out of Body Worn Cameras across the state represented a new chapter in Queensland policing.
“An evaluation of the trial of Body Worn Camera use by Road Policing Command demonstrated a time saving of a minimum of 10 minutes per officer per shift,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“Through use of the evidence management system officers were able to add metadata to their recordings in the field, reducing the amount of time officers had to spend manually managing their data at the end of a shift.
“This has been a long-running project for the QPS and a great deal of work has gone into ensuring we can take advantage of this technology.
“Not only did we need to choose the right cameras, but we also needed to ensure we had the capacity to store large amounts of data.
“Last year we invited offers from suppliers and after an extensive evaluation process, I am confident that we have identified the appropriate hardware and data storage system which will serve the QPS well into the future.
“It also means that the QPS will now have a digital evidence and storage system that will become the repository for data from BWCs – both Service-issued and privately owned – as well as from other sources such as digital voice recorders, digital cameras and closed-circuit television cameras.
“Extra training will be provided to officers to ensure they are able to make the best use of BWCs and the new storage system.”
The Body Worn Cameras roll out is expected to be completed by November, 2016.
Locations receiving Body Worn Cameras
- Fortitude Valley (Safe Night Precinct)
- City Station (Safe Night Precinct)
- Boondall Station
- West End
- Mackay (Safe Night Precinct)
- Maroochydore (Safe Night Precinct)
- Rockhampton (Safe Night Precinct)
- North Rockhampton
- Mt Isa
- Mornington Island
- Townsville (Safe Night Precinct)
- Palm Island
- Cairns (Safe Night Precinct)
SOUTH EASTERN REGION
- Surfers Paradise
- Logan Central
- Deception Bay
- Ipswich (Safe Night Precinct)
- Toowoomba (Safe Night Precinct)