Photographic Section celebrates 125 years!

Artie Law, OIC Photos Terry Stewart, John Brand, Constable Valerie Phillips, Sgt John Falzon, Leanne Barr, FC Central Insp Artie Van Panhuis, Tech Officer Louise Galway, John Harland, Photographer Jan Harland (nee Nichol), OIC Photos Kevin Finch, Ret Photos S/Sgt Mark Svenson, Logan SOC Sgt Daphne Wilkins, Bob Burns, Kevin Darch, OIC UMG SOC S/Sgt Ken Koplic, Queensland Police sayk

On Friday, November 2 the QPS Photographic Section hosted a cocktail party for over 100 guests to celebrate 125 years of photographic services in the QPS.

The function was held in the impressive setting on Level 41, 1 William Street, Brisbane.

The guests comprised past and present members and their companions, including former Officers in Charge, Inspector Adrian Freeman, Mr Kevin Finch (Retired), Mr Terrance Stewart (Retired), and Ms Valerie Philips (Retired) who was the first female photographer for the QPS.

There have been 13 Officers-In-Charge of the Photographic Section, including the current OIC is Inspector Phillip Stevens.

In late 1892 Acting Sergeant John Raphael Thompson was officially appointed as the first QPS police photographer.

At the time of his appointment he was performing clerical duties at the Brisbane Criminal Investigation Branch where he combined both roles, earning him an extra 10 pound per annum.

Photographic duties included taking Identification photos of recruits, group shots for departmental records and mugshots of convicted persons at the Brisbane and Saint Helena Gaols.

The first formal Photographic Section was established in 1905 and located at the back of the original CIB headquarters in Queens Park.

The building was created from an existing horse stable at a cost of 17 pounds.

Today, photographers record scenes using remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and 3D terrestrial scanners.

They are currently working on projects to reconstruct bullet trajectories in 3D space and creating environments that allow the viewer to become fully immersed within a captured scene using virtual reality goggles.

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