Victoria Police has issued a new Science and Technology Strategy that outlines its technology directions to 2013.
The Strategy provides the overarching framework to inform technology investment decisions, build science and technology capability, and support building organisational capability.
The initial version of the strategy is limited to the application of physical sciences and technology for Operational Policing. It is anticipated that future releases may be expanded to include corporate services departments.
The Strategy document states ICT infrastructure, integration and back-office systems that support the operational technologies are explored during the development of the ICT Roadmap. Further scanning of the ICT environment including best practises and whole of government policy will inform the initiatives of the ICT Roadmap.
The Strategy provides and Environmental Scan of appropriate technologies, and a list of Areas of Interest including:
- Audio Video Digital Imaging (hand-held recording devices)
- Communications (wireless, radios, satellites, mobile phones)
- Counter Terrorism and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives
- Forensics (biometrics, DNA, fingerprinting, biological analysis etc)
- GIS (RFID, GPS)
- Mobile Computing (PDAs, tablets, notebooks/laptops)
- Operational Equipment (tracking devices, weapons)
- Transport and Road Policing (sonar, UAVs, in-car video, telematics, ANPR, navigation, speed detection)
A Science and Technology Standing Committee has the leadership role in development of a strategy for implementing science and technology, and a six-stage Gateway Management Model has been developed for assessment and procurement.