Funding given to upgrade Gladstone Police CCTV

THE Gladstone Watchhouse will be watching our criminals better than ever, with $780,000 of the 2015-16 state budget going towards upgrading its CCTV equipment.

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher believed it was a necessary investment.

"The capital works will include the replacement of analogue cameras with digital cameras, and an upgrade from an analogue DVR recording system to a digital (MPEG) recording system."

The work will be completed by June 30, 2016.

Mr Butcher welcomed the announcement as a boost to officer safety in Gladstone. 

"With a family member serving in the emergency services, I know the risks that can present to our frontline staff," he said.

"Our hard working police officers and staff are entitled to feel safe and secure in their workplace.

Mr Butcher said the announcement builds on the Palaszczuk Government's commitment to boost frontline services.

"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting a modern, effective and responsive policing service," Mr Butcher said.

"In addition to the upgrade announced for Gladstone Watchhouse, the 2015-16 State Budget includes $6 million in funding over the next three years to deliver body worn cameras for police and funding to increase police numbers, including the 260 additional officers announced yesterday."