HS: Radars to stay in Queensland police hands
POLICE will continue to operate speed and red light cameras and conduct wide-load escorts because the State Government can’t find anyone to do it cheaper.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey yesterday said no elements of Queensland Police Service operations had been outsourceddespite Keelty Review recommendations.
Delivered in September, the review recommended a range of QPS functions, including training, camera operationsand wide-load escorts, be contracted out to the private sector.
Premier Campbell Newman spoke out in favour of camera operations being outsourced, saying officers should go home to their families after work rather than sit in speed-camera vans earning overtime.
An Executive Implementation Committee has been working through the 129 recommendations intended to create the “best possible” police and emergency services.
Mr Dempsey said good progress was being made on the recommendations, particularly in the area of new technology for police.
But he said the QPS would continue to fulfil functions the Keelty Review had identified as a distraction to “core law enforcement duties”.
“We’re not going to change unless we can maintain the integrity of the system,” he said.
“We’re not going to get in a second-rate operator.”
A Transport and Main Roads spokesman confirmed the department had not been asked to begin procurement for a private mobile camera operator.
Mr Dempsey said it was a “full compliment to the hardworking men and women of all the services” that a contractor could not be found to replace their roles in the areas identified by the review.
“You’ve got to be mindful of, with outsourcing, that if we can do it better we certainly will,” he said.
Other recommendations of the Keelty Review, relating to improved technology within the QPS, were moving along at “full speed”, Mr Dempsey said.
Since July, 400 mini-iPads have been distributed to police.
“The figures … on the mobile iPads is a phenomenal reduction in red tape and paperwork,” Mr Dempsey said.
Police can also look forward to a secure digital communications network in time for the G20 summit in November, and having vehicles fitted with GPS navigation systems.
The author of the Keelty Review, former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty, is now a commissioner for the Crime and Misconduct Commission.