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Victoria Police rolling out integrated intel system

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 07 February, 2017

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Victoria Police are deploying a new integrated intelligence system from SAS Institute Australia as part of the state government’s $227 million investment in police technology.

SAS Institute Australia will develop a software system to connect current police databases including LEAP (Law Enforcement Assistance Program) and Interpose to help Victoria Police’s 600-plus crime analysts to gather intelligence in minutes instead of hours.

Next year the system will be expanded to include more databases and police will be trained in using the system to catch local offenders.

Once complete the integrated interface will be able to link people, events, vehicles, properties and activities to produce intelligence aimed at catching terrorists, organised criminals, domestic abusers and other serious offenders.

Social media will be integrated with police information to provide better intelligence. Police also expect to be able to use the system to better predict local crime trends and hotspots, and identify previously undetected trends and patterns in criminal activity.

“Police have vast amounts of information. This new system connects it, analyses it and puts it at their fingertips so they can fight all types of crime much more quickly,” Minister for Police Lisa Neville said.

“This will give Victoria the best law enforcement intelligence system in Australia. We are delivering more police, tough new laws and the latest in crime-fighting technology to keep the community safe.”

Victoria Police last year further extended the life of the ageing LEAP database by upgrading it to allow frontline police to enter crime and event reports from the field.

Victoria Police had originally intended to replace the database in 2006, but had to abandon the project five years and $45 million later after the costs blew out.

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