Reporting crime and contacting police online has been made easier in Queensland following improvements to the Policelink App and online reporting services.
An upgrade to the Policelink App for smartphones has been released with new features and a more user-friendly interface, making it simpler for the community to report non-urgent matters.
The app allows users to directly report non-urgent crimes such as stealing offences, as well as locate the nearest police station and also the latitude and longitude of their location, should it be needed when reporting incidents.
A photo and video upload feature to include in reports, crime mapping, a rolling news screen and other features are also available on the app.
There are now 20 reporting options from the Queensland Police website which include noisy party reporting, ‘track-my-crime’, stolen property updates, hooning, wilful damage, taxi fare evasion, graffiti and withdrawal of complaint forms.
Superintendent Matthew Vanderbyl said the Policelink App and online reporting functions were delivering considerable benefits for both frontline police and the community.
“Policelink is the QPS contact point for all non-urgent matters and it is important that all members of the public have access, not only for the benefit of QPS operations but for the safety and security of the community,” Superintendent Vanderbyl said.
“At the touch of a button, users can conveniently and anonymously report non-urgent matters and provide police with potentially vital evidence.
“Having it all packed into the one application and webpage, makes it much simpler for people to access the information and functions.”
The technology complements the Policelink hotline which has processed more than 2.5 million calls since it was established in 2010 and provides further options for the hearing impaired and non-speaking communities when seeking non urgent contact with Police.
It is estimated the Policelink service saves more than 260,000 operational hours each year which is redeployed to front line roles.
The new Policelink App is available for free to download from the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.
To report a crime or incident online or to track the progress of an investigation visit: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/online