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    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey

    Hi-tech help to keep Valley and City streets safe

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey

    Friday, March 14, 2014

    Hi-tech help to keep Valley and City streets safe

    Police in Brisbane’s entertainment hot spots will soon be able to use iPads and smart phones to view live CCTV while working the beat - in a move that delivers on the Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services.

    It’s part of a $970,000 digital upgrade and expansion of Brisbane City Council’s City Safe CCTV network, to crack down on violence and keep the streets safe.

    Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the new system would also provide valuable evidence for police as the live vision could be recorded at City Safe and used in future court proceedings.

    “If trouble-makers think they’re safe because there are no police in sight, they should remember officers could be watching them on their iPad a block away,” Mr Dempsey said.

    “These upgrades have expanded our reach and everyone needs to remember we’ll be watching.

    “That’s a comfort to the people who do the right thing and a warning to those who don’t.”

    Mr Dempsey said the new technology was another example of the Newman Government’s commitment to revitalise frontline services.

    “We want Queensland to be the safest place to live and raise a family and after years of Labor neglect we have boosted police numbers and resources to help crack down on crime,” Mr Dempsey said.

    Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council’s network of 73 City Safe cameras enabled early detection and intervention of incidents in the City and Fortitude Valley.

    “Council’s nine new camera locations across the City and the Valley will be a great advantage not only for visitors to our shopping and entertainment precincts, but also for local businesses,” Cr Quirk said.

    “Last financial year City Safe helped police prevent serious assaults on nearly 1,150 occasions and helped identify a further 12,380 incidents. These new cameras will assist in identifying incidents as they occur in more locations across the City.

    “As part of these upgrades City Safe has also entered the digital era with Council migrating its entire City Safe network onto a digital platform to allow for quick and easy access to video footage. As of this week Police are able to access CitySafe cameras via secure Police iPads.”

    The City Safe upgrade was delivered by Council with the assistance of a 2013-2014 Local Government grant of $350,000 from the Queensland Government and a $73,000 Australian Government grant in addition to Council’s contribution of $550,000.

    The Brisbane City Council installed a total of nine extra cameras as part of the expansion, which are all now operational as part of the City Safe network.

    [ENDS] 14 March 2014

    Media contact:            Minister Dempsey: Andrew Blow 0408 912 821  Lord Mayor: Amanda Templeton 0403 614 799