AFP puts call out for technology to allow submitting of audio visual content from mobile phones

In the increasingly complex and challenging security environment, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is strengthening its partnerships with industry and the wider community to combat threats to keep Australia safe.

Recent events across the world have highlighted the key role timely information from the public has played in the investigation of security incidents.

With this in mind, on 15 December 2017 the AFP's Program Rampart published a Request for Interest (RFI) to the AusTender website, seeking industry support to find an efficient way for the public to provide audio and video media, imagery, email or location data to police.

Similar technology is used by law enforcement agencies in the US and UK, and was one of the factors that assisted with the early arrest of the Boston marathon bomber.

The AFP's development of this capability will provide a broader benefit to the new Department of Home Affairs and will assist the National Security Hotline. AFP Deputy Commissioner Capability Ramzi Jabbour said the AFP is working to implement enhanced digital capabilities in partnership with industry and the community.

“Enabling members of the public to use every day mobile devices to upload audio, video and images provides real time interaction and an enhanced ability to prevent criminal activity.

“Compliance with the highest standards of security and protection of information provided by the public of course remains a major consideration for the solution being sought,” Deputy Commissioner Jabbour said.

“The technology will also provide for ACT Policing to meet its need for a self-service online reporting capability,” he said.

The AFP preferably seeks to implement a commercial off-the-shelf option which would enable the public to upload digital content in support of verbal information provided to the National Security Hotline.

Community support for the National Security Hotline and other reporting services remains critical in the efforts to ensure continued public safety.

The RFI can be found on the Commonwealth AusTender website: https://www.Tenders.gov.au.

The closing date for questions and clarification is 2pm (ACT local time) on 23 January 2018, while the RFI closing date is 2pm (ACT local time) on 30 January 2018.

About Program Rampart

Program Rampart was established in March 2016 to coordinate and implement the Protecting Law Enforcement Personnel New Policy initiative. It is focused on delivering an integrated security solution to safeguard AFP personnel and facilities.

The AFP, as lead agency, in undertaking this project will consider the interests of a number of agencies including the Attorney General’s Department, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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