The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will today launch its new Specialist Response Group (SRG), which will be the largest centralised specialist policing capability of its kind in Australia.
The SRG is a Canberra-based amalgamation of the AFP’s ACT Policing Specialist Response and Security (SRS) Team and the nationally and internationally focused Operational Response Group (ORG).
The new specialist capability became effective on 1 July 2012 and will have a wide range of capabilities including public order management, search and rescue, disaster response, intelligence, police negotiation, canine, bomb appraisal, water operations and tactical operations.
AFP Commissioner Tony Negus said the SRG will provide the AFP with a ‘one-stop shop’ of specialist functions.
“The creation of the SRG will provide an enhanced operational model for all AFP business and provide a more effective capability to meet AFP operational responses locally, nationally and internationally,” Commissioner Negus said.
“The establishment of the SRG will deliver better operational outcomes which in turn will benefit the community.”
The SRG will be officially launched at the AFP’s International Deployment Group (IDG) facility at Majura today (5 July 2012).
During the event, the SRG will showcase its capability through a demonstration involving an advanced driving display, a public order situation, a negotiator response and a tactical resolution to a hypothetical scenario.
[Courtesy ACT Policing], [Photo courtesy Simon Corbell’s office with Jason Clare and Commissioner Tony Negus]