In Brief: Tasmania Police to upgrade IT

Improved data sharing across government agencies the primary goal

Tasmania Police is to spend $800,000 an effort to extract greater value out of its mobile data terminals and Automatic Vehicle Locators.

The funding, according to Tasmania’s Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Jim Cox, will be used to integrate the Police systems with other state Government agencies and national police counterparts in order to share data across the organisations.

Tasmania Police will also use the funds to replace a number of Police information systems with the aim of gaining improve information exchange and interconnectivity.

Around $155,000 from the State’s 2009-10 Budget will also be used to upgrade forensic science equipment which will increase Police’s capabilities around electronic crime, crime scene analysis and finger print analysis.

Earlier this week, the Tasmanian government said it will make major investments in the state’s ICT capabilities as part of a new $6 billion 10-year Infrastructure Strategy initiative.

Announced by Tasmania’s Premier, David Bartlett, Infrastructure Strategy is designed to ensure the longer term economic prosperity of the state, and also includes investment in the transport, energy and water sectors.

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