A new state Crime and Intelligence Command will enhance Tasmania Police’s ability to investigate criminal activity.
The command will focus on cybercrime, online fraud, organised crime, firearm trafficking, serious drug distribution, online child exploitation and serious financial crime.
Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Higgins said the command brought together the three divisions of State Intelligence Service, E-Crime Investigation Services and Serious Crime Support.
“This will enable us to coordinate our resources better around the state,” Assistant Commissioner Higgins said.
“What it allows us to do is have a better focus, on child exploitation in particular which is a growth area. We’ve seen a 280 per cent increase this year alone in Tasmania.”
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By the end of the year, a total of 62 staff including detectives and criminal analysts will be a part of the command.
The command will be headed by Tasmania Police Commander Ian Whish-Wilson who brings more than 30 years’ policing experience to the role.
Commander Whish-Wilson said the command would be working closely with its partners across the Australian government in combating serious crime.
Police Minister Mark Shelton said the command was established following a recent capability review undertaken by Tasmania Police to identify future capabilities.
“Crime is changing and we need to make sure we are in the best possible position to keep Tasmania safe,” Mr Shelton said.
“A key focus of the new command is delivery of the government’s ‘war on ice’ commitment with three police officers allocated to support combating the supply and distribution of drugs online.”