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Commander Of Counter Terrorism Capability Support Unit

Inspector Brenton Charlton

New South Wales Police

Police Conduct Regional Airport Training And Exercises

Twenty four NSW Regional Airports will be the focus of the 2009-10 Regional Airport Training and Exercise (RATE) Program in 2010.

The New South Wales Police Force Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command will be coordinating the training which involves specialist teams visiting each of the airports and undertaking a range of activities.

The training team will comprise of officers from Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command Co-ordinated Response Group which includes NSW Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service of NSW officers, and representatives from the Office of Transport Security, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Officers from Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command Terrorism Intelligence Unit, ASIO and Australian Federal Police Aviation Intelligence Teams will also attend.

Commander of the Counter Terrorism Capability Support Unit, Inspector Brenton Charlton said the program is aimed at enhancing the training which was conducted at regional airports last year.

“We have built on the success of the Securing Our Regional Skies program from last year and enhanced the training this year with a more hands-on approach in the form of scenario and role play based tabletop exercises.” Inspector Charlton said.

“This will give owners, operators and local responders the opportunity to validate their security and response arrangements.”

“Apart from these training workshops, this is about providing a valuable support service to the aviation sector in New South Wales.” Inspector Charlton said.

The training team will engage with local stakeholders inclusive of the owner and operators responsible for airport security and local Police and emergency services to provide the following:

  • Update on the current Security Environment, Security Trends at Regional Airports, & Transport Security Planning.
  • Revision of Security Awareness Training including identifying suspicious behaviour.
  • Threat Management in a Regional Aviation Environment Security related exercises (scenario & role play based tabletop exercises)

Inspector Charlton added that updates will be provided on the current Security Environment, Security Trends at Regional Airports, and transport Security Planning, as well as training on White Level Inspection and Security Awareness, and Suspicious Behaviour and Substance Awareness Training.

Each airport will be visited individually during the course of the allocated week where the training team will engage with local regional airport stakeholders, inclusive of the owner and operators responsible for airport security.

The training is funded through by the Australian Government and is jointly conducted by NSW Police Force and the Department of Infrastructure Transport Regional Development and Local Government to deliver a program that effectively develops the protective security and incident response capabilities of regional airports.

The teams will be at:

  • Taree (Monday 1 February),
  • Lismore (Tuesday 2 February),
  • Ballina (Wednesday 3 February),
  • Coffs Harbour (Thursday 4 February),
  • Port Macquarie (Friday 5 February).
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