3kg log books replaced by iPads... how times have changed

THE Queensland Police Service was formally established on January 1, 1864 with a strength of 287 officers serving a population of 61,467.

Back then correspondence was by handwritten letter and moved between stations by horses of Cobb & Co Coach, or by telegram, a far cry from the emails of today.

Computers were only considered for use by police in 1971 whereas today's officers are being issued iPads.

Constable Ryan compares the weight of an 1980s Policeman’s Manual with his iPad.
Constable Ryan compares the weight of an 1980s Policeman’s Manual with his iPad.

Constable Ryan compares the weight of an 1980s Policeman's Manual with his iPad.

He holds book two of a two volume set, each weighing 3kg!

Whilst researching for our Q150 display at the Childers Festival we also discovered a 1944 Prosecutions Log Book for Childers Police Station.

Volunteer in policing, Barry, takes a closer look at the handwritten entries.

Volunteer in policing, Barry, takes a closer look at the handwritten entries.
Volunteer in policing, Barry, takes a closer look at the handwritten entries.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the Queensland Police Service why not visit the display at the Childers Festival on Sunday.