Police officers at Seymour are one of the 37 regional stations across the state that now have access to specialist technology to respond to dangerous and high-risk incidents.
More than 570 tasers have now been rolled out across Victoria to general duties and highway patrol officers, as part of the state government’s bid to fight crime and keep communities safer.
While tasers will better equip frontline police to resolve dangerous situations, there are strict processes in place to monitor their use, including automatic video recording when the devices are activated.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said access to the new technology gave police in regional Victoria an additional non-lethal tactical option and broadened their capability to quickly and safely resolve these high-risk incidents.
‘‘Police across the regional areas now have access to the best technology to respond quickly and effectively to incidents, and keep local communities safe,’’ Ms Neville said.
Two new regional forensic hubs will help police to investigate and stop the spread of ice and other drugs, ensuring police no longer need to send evidence hours away to Melbourne for forensic testing.
Police and emergency services in regional Victoria will also gain access to the state’s digital radio network from 2018, eliminating key black spots and increasing the security of police communications.