Victoria Police Highway Patrol to get high-tech video systems

The equipment will replace existing gear, purchased by Victoria Police in 2008

Victoria Police is to kit out its highway patrol unit with in-car video technology as a means to acquire independent, objective records of road-side incidents.

The project will involve the installation of 80 video systems, each of which will include two cameras, two wireless microphones, a digital recorder, Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and external antenna, storage hardware and software, and an LCD display unit.

According to Victoria Police documents, the system will also provide the agency with quality digital evidence, large capacity storage, immediate playback with “selective and multiple copy” capabilities.

The new systems will replace existing gear, purchased by Victoria Police, in 2008.

The upgrade follows the rollout of 200 similar systems to Victoria Police’s Transit Branch as replacements for its divisional vans.

“These additional and replacement cars are not only putting more police vehicles on the streets, they will also increase the safety and capabilities of police officers using them," Minister for Police and Emergency Services, James Merlino, said of the rollout in a statement in early November.

"Victoria Police members provided significant input into the vehicle design to ensure the new divisional vehicles met the operational needs of today’s officers."

Some of the features of the new vehicle include, increased storage space for operational equipment, video monitoring and recording of detainees, two-way communication between front cabin and the rear cabin and dampeners on cabin doors to prevent prisoners kicking doors open and injuring police.

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is also in the process of upgrading its 2600 vehicles with cameras, automatic number plate recognition and an in-vehicle computing platform.

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