Po­lice boost tac­ti­cal re­sponse skill-sets

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Riot con­trol, land searches on Dampier’s Bur­rup Penin­sula and high-risk home en­tries — it is no or­di­nary list of Pil­bara po­lice du­ties, but this is no or­di­nary team of of­fi­cers.

A group of 19 po­lice from Pil­bara sub-district sta­tions in­clud­ing Kar­ratha, Roe­bourne, Pan­na­won­ica, Port and South Hed­land, and New­man, have been un­der­go­ing spe­cial­ist re­sponse train­ing in all of the above this past week as part of one of seven re­gional district sup­port teams newly formed by WA Po­lice to re­spond to ma­jor in­ci­dents such as ri­ots and armed sieges in coun­try ar­eas.

Among the ex­er­cises the Pil­bara squad is train­ing are land searches and ori­en­teer­ing, con­fronting pub­lic disor­der in­ci­dents and se­cur­ing and search­ing homes in high-risk sit­u­a­tions where oc­cu­pants are sus­pected to be armed.

Pil­bara District Po­lice In­spec­tor Neville Dock­ery said the district sup­port team train­ing would en­hance the abil­i­ties and skills of their lo­cal of­fi­cers, who, be­ing in an iso­lated area, of­ten had ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“It’s re­quired in the coun­try be­cause we are so far from other spe­cial­ist resources and each of our ar­eas is so far from the next area, so it’s about put­ting a team to­gether that can han­dle a sit­u­a­tion un­til we can get fur­ther resources in place,” he said.

“Po­lice main­tain a ca­pa­bil­ity through­out the en­tire State, but it’s about en­hanc­ing and im­prov­ing that ca­pa­bil­ity and the stan­dard of train­ing for our po­lice of­fi­cers.”

Train­ing has taken place around Kar­ratha and Dampier and Insp. Dock­ery said it would also in­volve some field craft of how best to work in the Pil­bara ter­rain.

He said the district sup­port team would be as­sem­bled for any sit­u­a­tion “that’s a higher level of risk or re­quires a more ur­gent re­sponse”.

“It gives us en­hanced ca­pa­bil­ity for pub­lic or­der . . . re­ally any mat­ter that re­quires a level of tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence,” the in­spec­tor said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Po­lice of­fi­cers from the Pil­bara district sup­port team dur­ing a pub­lic or­der train­ing ex­er­cise.

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