ACT Policing took over the ACT Supreme Court building yesterday evening (Saturday, May 25) to test their emergency response, coordination and communication strategies for a possible terrorist incident.
The Australian New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) provides funding for jurisdictional exercises to assist police in developing and practicing their capability to prevent, prepare for and respond to threats or acts of terrorism.
Members from ACT Policing general duties, Intelligence portfolio, Operations as well as specialist teams were called in.
Acting Superintendent of Emergency Management and Planning, Greg O’Ryan, said these types of exercises will be conducted throughout the year to train members in how best to respond to acts of terrorism in the ACT.
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“These activities provide us with the opportunity to review our response procedures and to practice the deployment of specialist police resources in response to a possible terrorist incident,” Acting Superintendent O’Ryan said.
“The focus of the exercise is on ACT Policing members’ ability to identify and manage an incident as first responders. We are continually assessing our procedures with the aim of improving our response in order to best manage an incident that may occur in the ACT.”
The exercise ran from 4pm to 11.30pm with access to Knowles Place limited during this time.
ACT Policing thanks the community for their patience following any inconvenience due to limited access to Knowles Place during this time.