- Handheld Tru Narc machines can identify more than 450 illegal substances
- Simple test works through glass or plastic and helps protect police from contact with dangerous chemicals while maintaining integrity of evidence
- 55 new mobile phone downloading devices to be rolled out across the State
Police efforts to target crime syndicates involved in the distribution of meth and other drugs is receiving a boost, with new specialist equipment allocated to the WA Police Force.
The Tru Narc machine is a handheld device that can carry out on-the-spot analysis of more than 450 suspected illicit substances in a single test.
The devices are small and compact and can scan through clear plastic and glass, providing front-line officers with greater protection when exposed to dangerous illicit drugs.
Twenty-nine of the devices are being supplied to the WA Police Force to be used in targeted drug operations across the State by Meth Border Force operatives.
A total of 55 mobile phone downloading devices are also being deployed to assist in targeting criminal syndicates involved in the distribution of meth.
The devices allow front-line officers to download information and evidence from mobile phones more rapidly and efficiently, providing immediate access to new leads.
The Technology Crime Unit will also receive a significant upgrade to software, which is capable of analysing large quantities of information for patterns of criminal activity and criminal relationships.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"The McGowan Government is committed to tackling the devastation meth is causing in our community.
"Drug syndicates are becoming increasingly sophisticated and it's important our police are equipped to combat the scourge of drugs.
"These new handheld Tru Narc machines can scan for more than 450 suspected illegal substances, including materials that are commonly used as drug cutting agents.
"They are especially effective because they can test through glass and plastic, protecting the tester from exposure to drugs and preventing cross-contamination of collected evidence.
"The additional software being provided will expand the capability of police to analyse information and gather intelligence well beyond anything which was previously possible."
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