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Responsible Agency: Queensland Police Service (QPS)
Proposal Stage of Development: Detailed Business Case Complete
Building Queensland Role: Assisted with Detailed Business Case
Planned Stage End Date: Not Applicable
Date of Publication: June 2017 (for period 4 December 2016 – 3 June 2017)

NEED

Queensland’s frontline police officers are required to have the skills and capabilities to enable them to operate effectively as first responders in a complex and ever-changing environment. QPS does not currently have dedicated facilities capable of supporting reliable training in integrated use of force decision-making and response tactics.

PROPOSAL

The QPS has proposed the construction of a Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre at the Westgate Police Academy, comprising an indoor firing range and scenario village.

The indoor firearms range is proposed to provide specialist counter terrorism officers, other police and recruits with access to a contemporary and secure firing range for developing and maintaining weapons handling skills under a range of conditions.

The secure scenario village would support immersion training to simulate real-life counter terrorism incidents, including lone-wolf and hostage incidents, and operational policing and emergency management situations across multiple scenarios.

It is anticipated the facility would be available for use by other agencies such as Queensland Corrective Services, the Australian Federal Police, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Health.

NEXT STEPS

Queensland Government investment consideration