iPads are helping Constable Laura Claire and Constable Mitch Nelis access information while on the road.
iPads are helping Constable Laura Claire and Constable Mitch Nelis access information while on the road. Ebony Battersby

Gladstone police on technology frontline with iPad trial

GLADSTONE police are embracing the digital age, with iPads now included in local officers' arsenal.

Gladstone Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jason Chetham said the use of mini iPads and iPhones among police officers was part of an extended trial across Queensland, which had seen a welcome reduction in officer desk hours.

"All the feedback is that it's a very efficient tool," he said.

"Certainly the government and Queensland Police Service have spoken of their desire to increase the availability of these (iPads) to front-line police."

There are two trial iPads currently in use at the local station, and Snr Sgt Chetham said there was potential for greater use of the technology for the region's field officers.

"There will always be a place for police notebooks and diaries," he said. "We've only just scratched the surface of what we can do with the iPads."

Fingerprint technology has been touted as a possible advancement in the future, but Snr Sgt Chetham said he had already witnessed first-hand the forensic assistance iPad technology could provide.

"Our forensic staff already have the ability to upload latent fingerprints from the field to be analysed by an expert almost instantaneously and I've certainly experienced that, even in Cairns," he said.



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