John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Police gain in-car access to vital information on the frontline

    22/02/2008 10:04 AM

    Police throughout Perth will have access to the full Western Australian Police database from the roadside following the roll-out of the digital in-vehicle Tasking and Dispatch Information System (TADIS).

    Police Minister John Kobelke said the State Government had provided $58million for the Police Metropolitan Radio Network, an investment that was already paying dividends for the community and police officers working on the frontline.

    “The technology now available to officers in-car on the frontline is incredible and all metropolitan officers can access critical operational data while out on patrol,” Mr Kobelke said.

    TADIS provides a major boost to the safety of police enabling them to attend incidents armed with more and better information, and has also improved response times. Linked to the National Search database, officers can also access key information about persons of interest in all States and Territories.

    “It provides those officers with vital information that will keep them safer as they perform their duties, while at the same time enhancing the timeliness and quality of their response,” the Minister said.

    The Carpenter Government has committed massive additional resources to policing in WA in the current term of government, resulting in police being more than 18 per cent per capita better funded than the average of the other States.

    “TADIS is yet another example of where the resources of the WA Police are leading the nation,” Mr Kobelke said.

    The Minister said the Labor Government had delivered 250 extra police officers in the first term and WA Police were on track to deliver the extra 350 officers above attrition that were promised in this term of government.

    There had also been 160 civilian staff employed to enable police to return to the frontline, in addition to new aircraft, the roll-out of tasers, protective vests, new pistols, forensic detection kits, an anti-terrorist Bearcat armoured vehicle, a specialist drug and alcohol testing bus and construction of 20 new and improved police stations.

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