Queensland police will be able to access live CCTV footage on their iPads while patrolling in Brisbane during the G20 summit of world leaders.
Queensland police patrolling Brisbane during the G20 summit of world leaders will have live mobile access to the city’s CCTV cameras.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey says that in an Australian first, patrolling officers will be equipped with iPads that can stream footage from 73 cameras in Brisbane’s city centre and nearby Fortitude Valley.
Ten officers will initially have access to the new technology, but it will be introduced to all officers in time for the G20 summit in November.
“The iPad devices are part of a mobilisation of our technology,” Mr Dempsey told reporters in Brisbane on Friday.
“We’ve got G20 coming up – all officers will have them for G20 – then the continuation of all the iPads will roll out for the whole of the state.”
Mr Dempsey said the iPads would improve response times and help reassure the community.
“We all know that seconds can save lives,” he said.
“The only people that need to worry about this are those people who are trying to hurt or bring assaults or violence onto the streets of Brisbane.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said only police and authorised council staff would have access to the CCTV footage.
Brisbane City Council and the Queensland and Commonwealth governments have funded the nine new cameras and the new live-streaming technology.