WA Police are stepping up the fight against methamphetamine with new technology to identify illicit drugs as well as access and analyse criminal data.
Police unveiled the Tru Narc 450 handheld device to tackle the distribution of meth and other drugs along with mobile phone devices on Wednesday, to identify the illegal substances.
The devices enable officers to carry out on-the-spot analysis of substances in a single test, while providingthem with greater protection when exposed to illicit drugs with an ability to scan through clear plastic and glass.
29 of the devices will be supplied to WA’s police force to be used in drug operations.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the technology upgrade was a requirement to tackling WA’s drug trade.
“Drug syndicates are becoming increasingly sophisticated and it’s important our police are equipped to combat the scourge of drugs,” Mrs Roberts said.
“The McGowan Government is committed to tackling the devastation meth is causing in our community,” Police Minister Michelle Roberts said.
Along with the devices, 55 mobile phone downloading devices are also being made available to police to help target crime syndicates distributing meth.
It will allow officers to download information and evidence from mobile phones more rapidly and efficiently.
The Technology Crime Unit will also get an upgrade to its software, capable of analysing large quantities of information for criminal activity patterns and relationships.
“These new handheld Tru Narc machines can scan for more than 450 suspected illegal substances, including materials that are commonly used as drug cutting agents,” Mrs Roberts said.
“The additional software being provided will expand the capability of police to analyse information and gather intelligence well beyond anything which was previously possible.”