Queensland police latest weapon on crime is the iPad

QUEENSLAND police will have access to crucial information with the swipe of a finger now Apple iPads are the latest weapon being used to tackle crime across the state.

A recent trial saw more than 500 iPads and iPhones rolled-out across the state with officers claiming it saved them on average 30 minutes desk time per shift.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said on Wednesday given the resounding success of the trial an additional 1250 devices will be rolled out to frontline officers in time for the G20 summit later this year.

"Officers now have access to crucial information in the palms of their hands, giving our law enforcement teams an immediate leg-up in the fight against crime," he said.

"The technology provides a platform for myriad different functions, and will eventually include applications such as fingerprint and facial recognition technology."

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said feedback from officers had been overwhelmingly positive.

"We have received feedback from officers which shows these devices are successful operational tools particularly in remote and regional Queensland," he said.

"Officers are getting greater access to operational information where traditionally they would have to rely on radios in areas of bad coverage."



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