Police Commissioner Ian Stewart sees the future of Queensland policing looking a lot like Robocop.
But only “the good parts”.
Commissioner Stewart likened new police tools, such as the upgraded roll out of QLITE, which gives police access to databases via an iPad, to “Star Wars-type technology” .
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said allowing police officers access to databases without heading back to the station saved “up to 30 minutes per shift”.
Mr Dempsey said the government had committed to a rollout of 1750 smart devices capable of accessing the technology this year, but “we have in fact rolled out 2850 devices”.
Commissioner Stewart said it like the stuff of TV shows. And movies. And science-fiction.
“Things we have seen on movie shows in the past – the technology is almost Star Wars-type technology is now in the hands of our front line police,” he said.
“It makes it safer for them. It makes it safer for the frontline community and that has always got to be our primary focus.”
While lightsabers for constables were still a while away, Commissioner Stewart did envision a future where police officers were equipped with Google Glass.
“It is an exciting time for policing and you know, people talk about Robocop, that type of technology, I think the good parts of that are not very far away,” he said.