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Social media criminals targeted by DICE

A SPECIALISED unit within the Queensland Police Service (QPS), the Digital Intelligence and Community Engagement (DICE) team, has been making significant strides in tackling youth-related crime online, resulting in over 140 charges against offenders.

Established in mid-2023, the DICE team employs intelligence-driven strategies to identify and target youth offenders who flaunt their criminal activities on social media platforms or livestream their unlawful acts.

Focusing on offenders seeking notoriety through their online presence, the team has successfully apprehended individuals engaged in activities such as boasting about their crimes or live-streaming unlawful activities.

Since its inception, the DICE team has made 144 charges against young individuals, with the aggravating factor of social media boasting in relation to the unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Their efforts have generated over 600 investigative leads and identified 65 alleged offenders, leading to charges against them.

Minister for Police and Community Safety Mark Ryan said the new online team helped strengthen the police response to youth crime and emphasised the importance of adapting to technological advancements and evolving criminal trends to ensure public safety.

“To have a team of specialist intelligence officers dedicated to tracking criminal activities online positions QPS at the forefront of modern policing,” he said.

“As technology and criminal trends change, police will continue to adapt to ensure thorough investigations to arrest offenders and protect the public.

“There is no place for this type of behaviour and criminal offenders seeking notoriety online will be targeted and charged.

“This is one of many increased penalties aimed at keeping Queenslanders safe.”

The role of the DICE team extends beyond apprehending offenders as it also enhances the Queensland Police Service’s ability to identify offenders and victims through social media and other online platforms.

Additionally, it aids in improving the reporting and recording of criminal offences, contributing to more effective apprehension and prosecution of offenders.

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