Stage 2 of Queensland Police statewide rollout of body worn cameras commenced

Stage two of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) statewide roll out for body worn cameras (BWC) has commenced on Thursday increasing the total number of devices in use across Queensland 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,” said Minister for Police Mark Ryan.

“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 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 in 2016.

“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,” said Minister Ryan.

“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 rollout, and now we are expanding this across Queensland.”

Commissioner Ian Stewart said the second phase of the rollout was a significant advancement for the QPS.

“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,” he said.

“Extra training will be provided throughout the state with the stage two rollout expected to be completed in December 2017.”

Earlier this month, the Queensland Government rolled out an additional 110 body worn cameras for government-run correctional centres to improve the safety of its frontline correctional workers.

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