New threat needs in­no­va­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport - By SU­SANNE REILLY

WA PO­LICE Union pres­i­dent Ge­orge Til­bury says the dan­gers of home-grown ter­ror­ism are real and some peo­ple have their “heads stuck in the sand” about the re­al­i­ties of an at­tack in WA.

“Iso­la­tion is no longer our saviour,” he said.

“We are liv­ing in a chang­ing world and face new dan­gers which re­quire in­no­va­tive and im­me­di­ate changes to pro­tect po­lice of­fi­cers and the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Til­bury re­cently joined lead­ers of ev­ery po­lice union in Aus­tralia to show united sup­port for calls from the Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia (PFA) for smarter polic­ing, in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and shar­ing through a num­ber of tech­no­log­i­cal ini­tia­tives.

He said the ini­tia­tives would help im­ple­ment the ICE Task­force rec­om­men­da­tions, track il­le­gal firearms, pro­vide a na­tional data col­lec­tion point for do­mes­tic violence in­ci­dents and or­ders and tackle se­ri­ous and or­gan­ised crime.

“WAPU sup­ports the PFA’s ini­tia­tives and im­plores all gov­ern­ments, state and fed­eral, to lis­ten to our col­lec­tive con­cerns and make changes to pro­tect our Aus­tralian way of life,” he said.

The Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment wel­comed the calls from PFA. In a state­ment the Min­is­ter As­sist­ing the Prime Min­is­ter on Counter-Ter­ror­ism Michael Keenan said Aus­tralia was fac­ing its most sig­nif­i­cant threat from ter­ror­ism, and law en­force­ment agen­cies were the best in the world at not only man­ag­ing that threat and keep­ing the na­tion safe – but tack­ling the very real dan­gers for their mem­bers.

The Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided law en­force­ment with $630 mil­lion to counter ter­ror­ism, part of a $1.3 bil­lion in­vest­ment in keep­ing Aus­tralians safe since the terror threat level was raised to high in Au­gust last year.

“We have in­tro­duced four of a pro­posed five tranches of leg­is­la­tion to strengthen our agen­cies abil­ity to act swiftly in the face of terror,” the state­ment said.

Those four tranches are a na­tional crim­i­nal in­tel­li­gence sys­tem, pub­lic safety mo­bile broad­band, un­ex­plained wealth and a na­tional case man­age­ment sys­tem.

Curtin Univer­sity se­nior na­tional se­cu­rity and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions lec­turer Mark Briskey said the Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia ini­tia­tives were 21st cen­tury so­lu­tions for 21st cen­tury crim­i­nal in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and crime fight­ing.

“A big im­ped­i­ment to both ef­fec­tively ob­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion on nascent crim­i­nal con­spir­a­cies as well as ef­fec­tive po­lice work more gen­er­ally is ob­tain­ing timely and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

He said that to de­feat so­cial me­dia and IT gifted crim­i­nals po­lice need to be able to op­er­ate on a level play­ing field where they have at least equal re­sources backed up by ef­fec­tive crim­i­nal in­tel­li­gence re­sources.

“The value of ef­fec­tive in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and in­ves­tiga­tive re­source pool­ing is il­lus­trated in the cur­rent joint South Aus­tralia Po­lice, NSW Po­lice and Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the dou­ble mur­der in­volv­ing the lit­tle girl in the suit­case,” he said.

Ge­orge Til­bury.

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