On the heels of last months report of Apple's contribution to the United States security services, comes news of the company's involvement in Australian law enforcement. According to a GartnerGroup report, the Queensland Police Service gained cost benefits of AUS$30 million in 1998, through the deployment of Apple technology.

The Queensland Police force has adopted the platform as the mainstay of their IT systems, 90 per cent of which is Mac-based. They have in the region of 6,000 Apple Macs, spread over 400 offices.

Queensland Police spokesman, Brian Swift, said: "These results show cost-effective implementation and management of the Service's computer network, which spans the State and has links to other police jurisdictions." He added: "Computers have become an important resource in the Service's communications system, and therefore an integral part of our fight against crime."