UPDATE: Victorian Labor was voted into Government on 29 November 2014.
Victoria Police will receive $25 million for smartphones and tablets to strengthen frontline operations if the Coalition Government is re-elected on Saturday 29 November.
Kim Wells, Victorian Minister for Police and Emergency Services said the equipment upgrade is part of a Tech Policing Fund initiative to help build a modern policing strategy.
“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,” said Wells.
Looking to mobile technology for efficiencies and operational improvements is emerging as a key trend across police forces. Queensland’s Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Jack Dempsey estimated that 30 minutes per officer per shift in desk time could be saved through equipping officers with smart devices, “which will add up to many thousands of desk hours per week." Queensland has set out to procure 1,250 devices by November 2014.
The Victorian Police Blue Paper acknowledges that mobile technologies are disrupting policing processes.
“The emergence of mobile technology, geospatial mapping and predictive analytics based on ‘big data’, combined with social media communication channels, is changing the traditional need for a base of operations in the form of a local police station.”
The Victorian state election takes place on 29 November 2014.