Ter­ror threat risk un­der con­trol: Po­lice

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Manning Metropolitan -

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.

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