On 25 July 2018 Dr Monique Mann launched the new Crime Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre Briefing Paper series at QLD Police Service (QPS) Headquarters. This event was hosted by the QPS Intelligence and Covert Services Command with representatives of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the Australian Federal Police and the QLD Crime and Corruption Commission in attendance.
At this event Dr Monique Mann presented her co-authored work with QUT Law Adjunct Dr Angela Daly on 3D Printing, Policing and Crime. A briefing paper covering this topic is available for free open access download. It provides background information on the intersections of 3D printing technology, policing, and crime. It canvasses the role of 3D printing as a tool, as a source of evidence, and as a potential threat for police agencies and wider public safety. The emergence of 3D printed firearms is considered in depth, and an overview of case studies where 3D firearms or firearm parts have been located and investigated by police are included. Finally, the legal and enforcement models implemented to address 3D printing technology to date in different jurisdictions are reviewed.