“We’re ready”: Queensland police train for possible terrorist attack

Police in Queensland say they are prepared and equipped to respond to a terrorist attack, after holding the state’s largest ever counter-terrorism training exercise which is set to wrap up on the Gold Coast today.

Hundreds of officers from Brisbane and the Gold Coast took part in Exercise Gorgon as part of an ongoing program to ensure the Queensland Police Service is best prepared to protect the state in the event of a terrorist attack.

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service


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The exercise started in March with significant planning and preparation before culminating in a four-day deployment exercise.

The exercise has been conducted in and around the Brisbane metropolitan area and on the Gold Coast since Tuesday, but Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the general public were not affected.

“The general public were not to be affected by the exercise which focused on multi-jurisdictional counter terrorism arrangements at the tactical, operational and strategic levels,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

“However, it is timely to remind Queenslanders to be vigilant as they go about their daily lives.”

The four-day exercise saw officers respond to a wide range of mock terrorist attacks, including a hostage situation.

In one scenario, somewhere on the Gold Coast, controlled explosions (bombs) were used to blow up a bus that had been subjected to a bomb threat.

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Photos from the training exercise, supplied by the Queensland Police Service

Mr Gollschewski said the aim of the exercise was to test and validate Queensland Police Service’s counter terrorism capabilities, particularly in preventing and resolving multiple terrorism threats similar to recent events overseas.

“The community can be reassured that the Queensland Police Service has state of the art equipment and training to prevent and respond to the threat of terrorism.”

The current National Terrorism Threat Level for Australia remains at probable.

If anyone has any knowledge of suspicious activity or sees anything of concern they can contact Triple Zero in an emergency, Policelink on 131444 for non-urgent matters or the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 for national security issues.