The NSW State Government has announced a $100 million fund for the technology for better policing.
The new Policing For Tomorrow Fund will be allocated $100 million over four years to equip police officers with the tools they need to do their jobs.
Ina release, the government said, following an assessment process the funding may be allocated towards equipment such as:
- Tablet computers for frontline officers, enabling them to access police computer data in the field.
- Mobile fingerprint scanners that would allow instant identification of offenders; and
- TruNarc testing machines to allow police to scan for multiple narcotics using a simple hand-held machine.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police, Troy Grant, said the fund will allow police to prioritise new innovations in crime-fighting equipment based on operational needs.
“These funds will future-proof the NSW Police Force to ensure police have access to the latest and most innovative ways to respond to crime, freeing them up to spend more time on the beat, protecting the community,’’ Grant said.
“The fund will allow the NSW Police Force to put in bids for major technological advances.”
The NSW Police Force Budget also includes $3.65 million for the continued rollout of body-worn video cameras for frontline police officers.
“Body-worn video cameras have been hugely successful for police and will better protect the community and officers when responding to crime,’’ Grant said.