QPS fixes data issues

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has resolved separate technical issues which had impacted the transfer of banning notice data and criminal checks to other agencies, Queensland Police say.

Commissioner Ian Stewart said the QPS had since audited the affected systems to ensure the community was not at risk as a result of the technical issues.

“Immediate audits were conducted and fixes put in place to ensure these issues did not occur again.

“The community can be assured that systems have been put in place to not only fix these issues but to regularly monitor data flows to ensure there is no ongoing risk to the public,” Commissioner Stewart said.

The first technical issue that was identified relates to the transfer of court ordered and Bail Act banning notice data to the ID scanner network managed by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.

The system ensures someone issued with a banning notice or bail condition ban from a licensed venue or a Safe Night Precinct is detected when they attempt to enter a venue within a precinct during the period of their ban.

The technical issue affected the transfer of 133 court ordered banning notices and 48 current bail conditions for Safe Night Precincts between July 1, 2017 and February 13, 2018.

All of the data has since been effectively transferred and police have conducted follow up investigations into instances identified in which banned people attended safe night precincts within the banning period.

The second technical issue related to the transfer of QPS data to a national system which QPS uses for background checking purposes.

The issue affected the transfer of data between December 9, 2017 and February 16, 2018.

A subsequent audit has determined that 26 incorrect results were issued, including 17 Blue Card checks.

However, in all 26 instances it has been determined that there was no risk to the community as a result of this technical issue.

Checks were either adequately conducted through separate systems at the time or the information would not have met a threshold to affect community safety.

“The QPS will continue to review its processes and monitor these systems to ensure public safety,” Commissioner Stewart said.

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