The State Government has committed an extra $7 million in the 2015-16 State Budget to facilitate an integrated closed circuit TV (CCTV) network as it continues to make communities safer.
Police Minister Liza Harvey said the funding would implement the State CCTV Strategy, delivering the Liberal National Government's election commitment to pioneer an integrated State CCTV network and to fund extra cameras in crime hotspots. This brings the total investment to $8.5 million following a $1.5 million allocation in the last two years.
"The money will fund local government grants to buy cameras and CCTV equipment, while the balance will link the cameras together and allow police to access them," Mrs Harvey said.
The Minister said the draft CCTV strategy released earlier this year provided the blueprint about how the Government, local government and the private sector could join together to achieve this through effective use of integrated technology.
"This Government is committed to making communities safer through tough laws and police resources and CCTV has been a great tool in both preventing and solving crime," she said.
"This camera network will allow police to access any internet-based CCTV system which is part of the network and view in real time the pictures being recorded."
Mrs Harvey said a more integrated network could be a potential game changer in preventing and prosecuting crime.
"This will work on several levels - police can assess crime jobs almost immediately, use the vision to prosecute offenders and deter criminal behaviour," she said.
The allocations include $2 million for 2015-16 and $5 million for 2016-17
Total investment $8.5 million ($1.5 million already allocated)
$5 million local government infrastructure grants program for cameras and equipment
The appropriate CCTV system is likely to be internet-based
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