New Bob Atkinson police training centre will underpin Queensland security into the future

Published:

NOTE: This article is older than 12 months

Queensland’s frontline and tactical police officers will have some of the best training facilities in the world to enhance safety across the State, when the new Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre at Wacol opens next year.

The facility will be named after former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk turned the sod to signal the start of construction of the Centre at the site where two heritage-listed buildings—Jacaranda House and Silky Oak House—have already been refurbished for workplace accommodation, parking and some training facilities.

“My Government announced in 2017 we would invest $46.7 million over three years to construct a world-class Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre for the Queensland Police Service to ensure they’re equipped with the best facilities and resources available,” the Premier said.

“This will include a multi-function training centre, a scenario village with streetscapes, a service station, private and public transport, a police station and housing, and we’re also constructing a firing range for developing and maintaining weapons-handling skills under a range of conditions.

“It’s a fitting tribute to the long and distinguished career of Bob Atkinson that the centre will be named the Bob Atkinson Operational Capabilities Centre.”

Police Minister Mark Ryan said officers have more than 15,000 interactions with members of the public every day and often must make split-second decisions that may involve the use of force.

“This requires continual and best practice training, and the co-locating of facilities here will enable an integrated curriculum to be developed and delivered,” Mr Ryan said.

“Police officers will be able to undertake training in communications skills, de-escalation, firearms, batons, handcuffs, tasers, physical skills, responding to an active armed offender, andcounter-terrorism, in a secure environment for police recruits and sworn officers.

Construction of the Counter Terrorism and Community Safety Centre will support 130 jobs.

It will open in July 2020.

Commissioner Ian Stewart said the new centre would increase capability in managing terrorism and other critical incidents to frontline and tactical police officers, together with partner agencies.

“The new facility is aimed at building operational capability around frontline and tactical officers in responding to all incidents, including terrorist related matters,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“After a 44-year policing career, Mr Atkinson will always be remembered for his dedication to the Queensland Police Service and the work that he has done when terrorism was in its earlier iterations.

“I am very pleased that Mr Atkinson has graciously accepted the offer regarding the proposal to name the new facility in his honour.”

JOINT STATEMENT
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

 
Law & Safety Political Queensland Government
Social:   

Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade :
PO Box 15185, City East, Queensland 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3224 4500
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Qld COVID-19 – Mon Jun 1: Tourism, travel boost / no new cases for four days 01 June 2020 | Tourism regions throughout the state will benefit from the Stage 2 easing of restrictions, with no new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Queensland for the fourth day in a row. More information...
Major easing of restrictions will open Queensland for Queenslanders 31 May 2020 | Queenslanders will be able to undertake unlimited travel including overnight stays throughout the entire state from midday tomorrow (June 1) in a major easing of Covid-19 restrictions. More information...
Qld COVID-19 – Thu May 28: More testing urged 28 May 2020 | More Queenslanders have been strongly encouraged to be tested for COVID-19, with no new cases confirmed and the number of active cases now in single figures. More information...
Qld COVID-19 – Mon May 25: Back to school / cases reduced / restaurant talks 25 May 2020 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thanked school communities for getting ready for back to school, as zero new cases of COVID-19 and a revision of previous figures show a drop in the overall number of confirmed... More information...
All Queensland school students back in the classroom for Term 2 25 May 2020 | Queensland school students have returned to classrooms today with in-classroom learning resuming for all years. More information...
Luhrmanns lend hand for Queensland students 23 May 2020 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed a partnership with film legend Baz Luhrmann’s daughter Lilly to help international students impacted by COVID-19. More information...
Qld COVID-19 – Fri May 22: Public transport COVID-safe / no new cases again 22 May 2020 | COVID-safe public transport measures have been highlighted, as the Queensland public’s co-operation with COVID-19 health directions continues to result in encouraging figures, with no new infections confirmed... More information...
Qld COVID-19 – Thu May 21: Altered holiday for altered times / no new cases 21 May 2020 | There remain 12 active cases, 1040 recovered and six deaths for a total of 1058. More information...
A people's weekend to boost tourism 21 May 2020 | This Year’s Ekka Show Holiday will move to create a one-off long weekend giving locals the chance for a mini-break and our tourism industry a much-needed boost. More information...
Qld COVID-19 – Wed May 20: More regional stimulus / testing important 20 May 2020 | More investment in regional infrastructure has been announced to further boost Queensland’s COVID-19 economic reset, as one new case and one more recovery are added to the health figures. More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service