The Western Australian Police Force (WAPOL) is set to revolutionize its communication network by integrating low Earth orbit satellite technology. This move will make WAPOL the first law enforcement agency in the world to utilize this technology.
The integration of satellite technology will provide WAPOL officers with access to high-speed internet across Western Australia. This means that regional police stations and vehicles will now have internet connectivity and speed comparable to their metropolitan counterparts.
The $8.5 million upgrade will enable officers to send and receive real-time video, maintain constant contact, and livestream footage from body-worn and vehicle dashboard cameras to Perth’s State Operations Command Centre. Additionally, officers will have access to automatic number plate recognition data and real-time emergency alerts.
The successful 12-week trial across the state saw officers from remote stations such as Balgo, Burringurrah, Kalumburu, and Jigalong benefiting from high-speed internet access. It was particularly useful for water police during high-profile operations like Exmouth’s Total Solar Eclipse event.
The integration of satellite technology will not only benefit approximately 130 regional stations and 550 WA Police vehicles but also specialized teams such as the Regional Operations Group, Tactical Response Group, and Regional Enforcement Unit.
Paul Papalia, the police minister, highlighted that the Western Australian Police Force operates in one of the largest geographical police districts globally, and this upgrade will provide complete communication coverage. He emphasized that this advanced technology will enhance the police’s ability to solve crimes and coordinate large-scale emergency responses, especially in remote areas.
The incorporation of satellite technology will revolutionize policing in remote areas by improving situational awareness for frontline officers. It will enable them to make informed decisions during emergency situations and significantly enhance their operational capabilities.
(Source: The West)