Anti-ter­ror train­ing part of course

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Phoebe Pin

Prospec­tive se­cu­rity of­fi­cers are be­ing in­vited to take part in a na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited course next month where they will be tu­tored in crowd con­trol, first aid, RSA and anti-ter­ror­ism tech­niques.

Lu­cra­tive Se­cu­rity Ser­vices will host the 10-day Cer­tifi­cate II in Se­cu­rity Op­er­a­tions course in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der to be de­liv­ered by Perth-based Strike Train­ing and Con­sult­ing from Fe­bru­ary 14.

Strike is headed by for­mer NSW po­lice sergeant of 25 years Gavin Wicks, who said the se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions train­ing provider was the only or­gan­i­sa­tion to of­fer train­ing on ter­ror­ism aware­ness to emerg­ing se­cu­rity of­fi­cers.

“We are all ex-po­lice and armed forces oper­a­tives at Strike and we saw there was a bit of a gap as far as the train­ing was con­cerned with se­cu­rity guards so we de­vel­oped a course about three years ago,” he said.

The ter­ror­ism aware­ness train­ing pro­gram was cre­ated by Mr Wicks and his as­so­ciates and is be­ing de­liv­ered in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der as an un­ac­cred­ited unit in the se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions course.

Mr Wicks said the pro­gram aimed to equip se­cu­rity of­fi­cers with the skills re­quired to iden­tify and re­spond to un­usual be­hav­iour be­fore an act of ter­ror­ism oc­curred.

“The whole idea of the course is not about re­spond­ing af­ter; we want to stop it be­fore an act or ter­ror hap­pens,” he said.

Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics data shows there is an es­ti­mated 120,000 li­censed se­cu­rity of­fi­cers na­tion­wide, with Mr Wicks sug­gest­ing these of­fi­cers are bet­ter placed to ap­pre­hend some­one ex­hibit­ing sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

“These se­cu­rity of­fi­cers are tak­ing care of one block whereas po­lice are tak­ing care of a whole dis­trict so se­cu­rity guards are go­ing to have bet­ter eyes on the ground,” he said.

Although he ad­mit­ted Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der was less likely to ex­pe­ri­ence ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity than larger ci­ties such as Perth, Syd­ney or Mel­bourne, Mr Wicks said it was al­ways bet­ter to be pre­pared should an in­ci­dent oc­cur.

“Aus­tralia is not im­mune and Kal­go­or­lie is not im­mune to ter­ror­ism,” he said.

“It’s bet­ter to be safe than sorry and you don’t want to wait for some­thing to hap­pen.”

Those in­ter­ested in com­plet­ing the course can con­tact Sue Davey at Lu­cra­tive Ser­vices at se­cu­[email protected]­pond.com.

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