Terror threat risk under control: Police
THE WA police have assured the public that the rise in Australia's terrorist alert level from medium to high has spurred police to review their preparedness and be more vigilant.
The public is likely to see more officers at certain places, but there will also be a lot of police activity that the public won’t be seeing, WA police communications director Neil Stanbury said.
“WA police have primary responsibility for the response to any terrorism incident that might occur in WA.
“They would do so with the assistance of a range of State and Australian Government agencies, including the Australian Federal Police,” he said.
Last week, the WA Opposition criticised the State Government for not ensuring WA Police had a full complement of Tactical Response Group officers.
Opposition police spokeswoman Michelle Roberts said internal police sources had said there were seven vacant positions and this could increase to 10 by January 2016.
Mr Stanbury responded by saying that while there were some vacancies due to the introduction of officer tenure, they did not in any way affect the large and well- equipped TRG’s capability or capacity to perform its role.
“The rise in the alert level does not mean that a terrorist event is imminent or will occur, but like police, the public also needed to be more vigilant,” Mr Stanbury said.
“If they see or hear things they think are not quite right, they should ring the national security hotline. Businesses and industry should periodically review their security arrangements.”
Town of Victoria Park acting chief executive Anthony Vuleta said terrorist threats were identified as a risk under the Local Emergency Management Arrangements jointly operated by the Town and City of Belmont.
City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said the council had strategies in place to deal with a broad range of risks to the community and staff.
“We are confident no additional staff training is required at this time,” he said.”
A City of South Perth spokeswoman said the council would take advice from the appropriate authorities on potential increased risks, particularly in relation to high-profile events such as Australia Day functions.