Australia’s police DNA database expands to cover disasters

By Paul Hemsley Police investigators across Australia will soon have better access to the federal government’s national DNA database through a powerful new search engine that will allow detectives to match the genetic material of unidentified human remains at crime scenes and disaster sites and establish a possible family connection between individuals. A tender issued […]

Queensland police expand drive-by number plate surveillance

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The Queensland government has expanded its use of Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to controversially include unmarked police vehicles that will be tasked to silently snoop-out car registration details as they drive-by alleged crime hot spots. The government says the drive-by surveillance technology is being deployed as part […]

Queensland cops pursue arresting apps

By Paul Hemsley The Queensland government will issue 50 police officers across the state with smartphones or a tablet devices containing a new, custom built app that lets them instantly search through person, vehicle and address details on the law enforcement data systems, a move authorities believe can save police crews around 30 minutes each […]


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