The specialist training at the new Wacol facility will focus on intelligence gathering and de-radicalisation. (ABC News: Josh Bavas)
A new counter-terrorism training centre and extra police will be added to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to combat the rising terror threat.
The State Government revealed plans for a $47 million training facility to be built at Wacol on Brisbane’s west that will include life-like civilian streets for scenario training.
An additional 30 counter-terrorism police and 20 frontline officers will be added to the service, as part of a $108 million funding commitment over the next four years.
The extra officers brings the total size of the QPS to 11,900 sworn officers.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the specialist training would focus on intelligence gathering and de-radicalisation.
“Certainly we’re seeing terrorism evolve very, very quickly,” he said.
“We’ve always known that terrorists look to the environment — just as we do — and then they adjust.
“We need to make sure that we’re ahead of them and that’s why we need extra staff, particularly trained and focussed on terrorism.”
Mr Stewart also ordered a review of Queensland’s current counter-terrorism strategy, which will be delivered to the State Government at the end of the month.
“We’ve been very, very fortunate in this state with our federal counterparts, and with our other jurisdictional partners around Australia, to stop a number of events occurring and they’ve been in the media over the years,” he said.
“But we’ve got to continually readjust and reassess our posture and how we will try and defeat terrorism across Queensland.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the extra measures came in the wake of terrorism attacks across the world.
“I need to ensure that the police service has the best resources that it needs to be able to respond to issues as they arise,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said he supported the State Government’s move.
“Of course we support actions that combat terror in our streets and in our state,” Mr Nicholls said.
Ms Palaszczuk says the extra measures come in the wake of terrorism attacks across the world. (ABC News: Josh Bavas)