- A re-elected Napthine Government will implement a modern policing strategy for Victoria Police
- Tech Policing Fund will give police members real time access to information
- Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria
The Victorian Police force will be further modernised with a $25 million investment in technological advances under a re-elected Napthine Government.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today revealed the four-year Tech Policing Fund that will assist to equip Victoria Police officers on the go.
Mr Wells said the fund will enhance frontline operations by funding projects to improve the use of mobile technology, allowing those on the beat have faster and easier access to crucial information.
“It will be used to explore how best to strip away the administrative burden found in policing across the country through use of smart technology and systems that will give officers real time access to information,” Mr Wells said.
“Better use of mobile technology will mean officers are no longer wasting valuable time sitting behind desks filling in paper work and spending more time on frontline policing.”
Mr Wells said the Napthine Government has an unparalleled law and order record and the policy will build on four years of successful crime-fighting initiatives.
“Improving the use of mobile technology in everyday policing will mean the operational capability and capacity of Victoria Police is increased even further,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said Victoria Police will be able to make better use of their time and manpower.
“We will look to jurisdictions like New Zealand where officers are equipped with smart phones and tablets in order to streamline processes for evidence gathering
“This fund will help deliver more modern and efficient policing across Victoria,” Mr Wells said. Mr Wells said both Victoria Police and The Police Association backed the Tech Policing initiative.
“Victoria now has almost 1,900 extra police officers on the beat across the state – the biggest single recruitment of officers and well in excess of the 1700 we promised,” Mr Wells said.
Output funding of $2.43 billion in 2014-15 gives Victoria Police the largest budget in its history, which represents a 22 per cent increase on the last budget Labor delivered in 2010.
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