NSW Police Connect Guns Tasers

♦ NSW Police Connect Guns Tasers – NSW is pushing ahead with plans to create a program for integrated connected police officers, with body cams linked to Tasers and handguns.

Around $A96.3 million will go to the connected officer program over the next 12 months to create fully integrated digital devices that increase connectivity between police vehicles and command posts, and activation of body-worn video when Glock pistols and Tasers are used. This means body cams will start recording automatically via a sensor connected to the weapon, rather than the cameras being manually triggered by officers.

Other police budget items include $54.3 million ($37.7 million) for an upgrade to the Goulburn Police Academy, including tech and training facilities and $48.7 million ($33.8 million) to establish a permanent training program for information technology and communications infrastructure.

NSW Police will receive also receive $A13.8 million for biometrics systems to help create profiles of offenders. The program, which replaces NSW’s existing PhotoTrac system, will integrate DNA and imagery into the biometrics databases.

NSW Deputy Premier and police minister Paul Toole said streamlining the process for key evidence such as DNA, fingerprints and photographs will drastically improve the capabilities of police to identify offenders involved in serious crimes.

NSW Police Force is moving towards further digitization, including the signing of a partnership with United States cloud computing firm Mark43 to use its integrated policing operations system.

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