City of Cockburn introduces new technology to its community safety vehicles

Tracy Dunn, City of Cockburn CoSafe Officer. Photo: Jon Hewson
Tracy Dunn, City of Cockburn CoSafe Officer. Photo: Jon Hewson

THE City of Cockburn community safety team is using new technology to help save the environment.

The new in-vehicle mounted tablet devices mean staff can receive jobs via text and lodge documents in real time.

Cockburn rangers and community safety manager Michael Emery said only a few councils in WA had implemented this type of mobile technology.

“In the City’s Community Safety & CCTV Strategy 2017 – 2022 it outlined the need to establish technology and a real-time 24/7 reporting system,” he said.

“The feedback is positive from all CoSafe Officers as the system is quick and easy to use.

“The officers have access to the system and technology that provides quick online access to key information resources and emergency contacts.

“The CoSafe Officers are pleased to be using the technology and the use of paper being removed from their day-to -ay operations.”

The new technology is reportedly saving 1000 sheets of A4 paper every week and there are plans to link the vehicles CCTV with mobile technology.

City of Fremantle director of city business Glen Dougall said the Fremantle community safety vehicles also had a similar mobile device.

“These devices are connected via 4G and linked to the City’s main IT system,” he said.

“The system is useful in that it allows the team to file reports when at the incident which means they spend less time at a desk and more time on the road.”

City of Melville acting chief executive Marten Tieleman confirmed that all Community Safety Service (CSS) vehicles had iPads that were linked to the City’s central corporate systems.

“The City is currently looking at how technology may further assist the CSS from a performance and efficiency perspective,” he said.

“Further to the online reporting and data system, the CSS employs GPS in all vehicles, dash cameras, mobile phones and two-way radios, all of which works towards creating a safe and secure city for our community.”