Ipswich police blog to help solve local crime
IPSWICH has become the latest south-east Queensland police district to launch a special blogging site designed to provide residents with the most up-to-date crime information possible.
The myPolice blog site will provide details of crimes, photographs or comfits of suspects and CCTV footage.
All will be uploaded onto the site, with the aim of attracting information from the public to help solve cases.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Peter Barron said the technology would help police solve crimes where it wasn't possible in the past.
"In the short period of time since we launched the myPolice site in Dutton Park in December last year, we have already had 15 million hits," he said.
"Greater public awareness regarding crime and an increased willingness to report such incidents is imperative for the success of myPolice Ipswich."
The blogging site will be monitored and updated by police within the Ipswich district, including officers in the city's crime prevention unit.
Information submitted by members of the public will be sifted at the Brisbane headquarters before being dispersed to investigating officers.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the site's integrity was paramount to its success.
"Police are only as good as the information they receive," Mr Dempsey said.
"This site will not only save police time and reduce crime, but we hope it will reduce the fear of crime because residents will be able to stay up to date with the latest information pertaining to their neighbourhood, rather than waiting for the offenders to go through the court system."
To use the site, visit myPolice.qld.gov.au and follow the links to Ipswich.
"I would encourage everyone who lives in the area to visit myPolice Ipswich and share your thoughts," Deputy Commissioner Barron said.