Tasmania Police launch into cyberspace with infringement notice app

IT’S called PINS and it is about to consign handwritten infringement notices to the history books.

The Police Infringement Notice System is a hi-tech program that allows police to put information straight into a tablet device.

Tasmania Police are leading the nation with the development of technology that will save time and money. PINS was built in-house by Tasmania Police staff and will save the equivalent of 20 hours a day of police work, adding up to $250,000 a year.

The savings come from police spending less time processing infringement notices and will be used by all frontline officers in the Tasmanian force.

Assistant Police Commissioner Phil Wilkinson, who will retire on Friday after 35 years in the force, said this was one of the biggest changes in police operations he had seen and would help with efficiency.

PINS was launched yesterday and had already been used by marine police to issue an infringement.

It is hoped the statewide rollout would be complete by mid-August and the 1000 tablets will contain access to all police computer systems.

“It’s satisfying to find a jurisdiction as small as ours can deliver a leading edge like this,” Mr Wilkinson said.

PINS can be used for most infringements, including traffic, liquor and licensing, fisheries and some drink driving offences, with more to be added as the program is developed.

Mr Wilkinson said it would not be long before the app was developed for use on smaller devices like a smartphone.

Tasmania’s Minister for Police, Rene Hidding, said the Australia-first initiative would help the Government meet its commitment of putting more officers back on the front line.

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