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IN TOUCH: Detective Inspector Ian Robertson hopes the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad myPolice blog will connect with the community.
IN TOUCH: Detective Inspector Ian Robertson hopes the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad myPolice blog will connect with the community. Nev Madsen

THE TOOWOOMBA community is the latest tool being used by police to solve crimes.

A new Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad myPolice blog was launched in Toowoomba last week by a number of police representatives, including Police Minister Jack Dempsey.

As well as including regular updates from the squad, the site will allow community members to post information they feel could help police.

Mr Dempsey said the online tool was created to inform and engage with the public.

"Police are only as good as the information they receive," Mr Dempsey said.

"It's a very proactive tool. The beauty is it's engaging with the community.

"It's very important and I know it will ease the fears of communities and obviously be a great tool for the Queensland Police Service as far as community engagement and being able to solve crimes."

Users can sign up and receive daily updates about information from their area.

State co-ordinator Detective Inspector Ian Robertson said it was another tool that could be used to acquire information they might have missed in the past.

"We still use traditional investigative methods but we're very much willing to embrace technology," he said.

Mr Dempsey said the next step would be to integrate with Facebook and hopefully get up to 15 million hits a year on the site.

Visit mypolice.qld.gov.au /sarcis to find out more information.

Topics:  mypolice blog police rural crime toowoomba