Community dials up on-line communications with police

Published Tuesday, 03 May, 2022 at 02:04 PM

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

More people are reporting crime online saving police and the public valuable time. 

For the community it means being able to provide the information they wish to impart to police immediately, including the ability to upload footage, for example, in the case of a hooning-related report to police.

And for police it means they get precisely the information they require as the on-line reporting mechanism provides members of the public with a series of prompts for the appropriate information.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said there was nothing surprising about the trend.

“This is the way of the world. People bank online, learn online and perform many other tasks online like grocery shopping. Interactions with the Queensland Police Service are no different.

“People can a still use a phone call but the trend towards online is quite pronounced and is accelerating.

“In Brisbane in 2019, for example, there were 50,479 reports to police by phone and 25,791 reports to police on-line.

“In 2021 there were 16,754 reports to police by phone and 56,143 reports to police on-line.

“So, there’s been a complete switch with most reports to police now occurring on-line. The same trend is apparent right across the state.

“The Queensland Police Service is world class, and one of the distinguishing characteristics of the QPS is its early and effective adoption of technology.

“It’s all about supporting community safety and providing the community with a range of options to conduct their interactions with police.

“The Queensland Police Service is deeply embedded in our communities right across the state, and the interaction and cooperation of the public is a vital tool for police in their commitment to keeping the community safe.”

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