Body worn cameras increased to safeguard Police, prison staff and other officials safety
Minister for Police Mark Ryan has today announced the commencement of stage two of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) statewide roll out of body worn cameras (BWC).
Minister Ryan said the stage two roll out of BWC will see the total number of devices in use across Queensland increase to 5,100.
“The Palaszczuk Government allocated more than $6 million over three years to provide BWCs to our frontline men and women to help keep them safe,” Minister Ryan said.
“With 2400 new BWCs 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.
Minister Ryan said 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.
“The Stage 2 rollout will see BWC equipment and training rolled out to an additional 142 police stations by December 2017. The deployment of all 5100 BWCs will see this capability delivered to a total of 168 police stations throughout the state,” Minister Ryan said.
“This is a significant advancement for the Service and will almost double the existing fleet of BWCs and delivers on this Government’s commitment to keeping our frontline officers safe.
“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.”
Commissioner Ian Stewart said the further roll out of BWC was a significant advancement for the QPS and the new technology would deliver improved performance and services for the community.
“BWC have seen significant benefits to the Service, and the community, including saving officers a minimum of 10 minutes a shift, and enhanced evidence gathering and storing techniques,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“BWC have assisted officers in dealing with a number of operational situations, including serious incidents such as domestic and family violence and alcohol-fuelled violence through enhanced evidence gathering.
“Extra training will be provided throughout the state with the stage two roll out expected to be completed in December 2017,” Commissioner Stewart said.
Locations receiving Body Worn Cameras as part of the July 2017 roll-out:
Gold Coast District
Mackay Northern Beaches
Far Northern District
Mt Isa District
Wide Bay Burnett District
Sunshine Coast District
Sunshine Coast TCS
Darling Downs District
South West District
North Brisbane District
Mango Hill / North Lakes
South Brisbane District
Upper Mount Gravatt
The Palaszczuk Government is committed to improving the safety of its frontline correctional officers, rolling out an additional 110 body worn cameras for Queensland’s government-run correctional centres.
Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan said expanding the use of body worn cameras ensures that corrective services has the most up-to-date technology to respond to the demands of prison operations.
“We are delivering 10 cameras to each of our centres, with Brisbane Correctional Centre, South-East Queensland’s male prisoner reception facility, receiving 20 cameras,” Minister Ryan said.
“We are investing $100,000 in 2017-18 for the rollout as we continue to examine all options to improve the safety of our staff.”
Along with the body worn camera rollout, staff using the cameras will be equipped with vests to ensure effective use of the devices.
The rollout commences with Wolston Correctional Centre, with each correctional centre to progressively receive the technology.
Corrective Services Commissioner Mark Rallings welcomed the technology, stating it is an important addition to the security equipment for Queensland’s hard working correctional officers.
“This expansion comes after a successful trial and careful consideration by the Queensland Corrective Services Safety and Security Committee,” Commissioner Rallings said.
“Body worn cameras will be issued in response to the operational demands of each correctional centre.”
Body Worn Cameras launched for QRIC investigators
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) will implement Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) for its Integrity Regulation Unit (IRU), Racing Minister Grace Grace announced today.
Ms Grace said in a first for the racing industry, integrity officers have in recent weeks trialled the use of body worn cameras for the use in the course of their duties including for the collection of evidence.
“QRIC has committed close to $20,000 to purchase 12 BWCs and train IRU officers in their use,” she said.
“I see this as a great opportunity for QRIC to take advantage of this camera technology to assist our officers in their evidence collection duties.
“QRIC integrity officers inspect racing stables and kennels and investigate a range of issues at race tracks around the state and the wearable camera system that incorporates audio and video recording will protect the integrity of the evidence they collect.
“All recordings remain the property of QRIC and must be uploaded to the digital evidence management system from the device at the completion of each officers’ shift.”
QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett said information collected will be used in a variety of ways including to assist IRU investigations and provide an accurate record of fieldwork inspections.
“Uploading data is automated through camera docking stations (Evidence Transfer Managers) installed at QRIC’s Albion headquarters,” he said.
“This is a giant leap forward for our officers for their own protection as well as that of the participants they work with to ensure the integrity of the Queensland racing industry,” he said.
“All IRU staff will use the devices according the QRIC standard operating procedure guidelines. The ability to record events electronically as they occur has a range of benefits for the QRIC, specifically relating to the gathering of evidence.
“While this is a first for racing industry integrity officers BWCs have been used in Australian and International police agencies with positive results.”