An upgrade to Brisbane's CCTV network allows police to access camera footage while on the beat. Police will be able to use iPads and smartphones to access footage, the state's police minister, Jack Dempsey, announced this morning.
"These upgrades have expanded our reach and everyone needs to remember we’ll be watching," Dempsey said in a statement.
"That’s a comfort to the people who do the right thing and a warning to those who don’t."
Nine new cameras have been added to the City Safe network, which comprises 73 cameras and covers the city and Fortitude Valley. In addition the CCTV network has shifted to a new platform.
The upgrade and expansion cost $970,000, jointly funded by the state and federal governments and the council.
"Last financial year City Safe helped police prevent serious assaults on nearly 1,150 occasions and helped identify a further 12,380 incidents," Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said in a statement.
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"As part of these upgrades City Safe has also entered the digital era with council migrating its entire City Safe network onto a digital platform to allow for quick and easy access to video footage.
"As of this week Police are able to access CitySafe cameras via secure police iPads."
In July last year Dempsey revealed that the Queensland Police Service had purchased 400 Apple iPad Minis.
Last month, the state government revealed that Queensland police would be employing a hi-tech 3D scanner to map crime scenes.