Computerised Operational Policing System
A computer system developed for the New South Wales Police
and introduced in April 1994.
The aim of COPS
was to centralise
information that was previously held in paper files or less accessible computer databases - the Central Names Index
, the Crime Information and Intelligence System
, the Integrated Licensing System
, the Stolen Vehicles Index
and the Roads and Traffic Authority
's computer system - and to cross-reference
details of all "persons of interest". Such persons include people with a criminal record
, those with an outstanding warrant
, someone who is the subject of an intelligence report or a domestic violence
order, anyone who holds a gun licence, a person with a history of mental illness
, a victim
of crime or a suspect
- ie. basically everyone.
contained within COPS is instantly accessible to any serving police officer, and allows enquiries to be made on names, addresses, vehicles, organisations, animals and objects to gain relevant information in the course of police investigations.
Because the system is open to corruption individual officers are randomnly audit
ed and must account for bona fide
s of each enquiry