Queensland’s largest-ever counter-terrorism training exercise is underway in Brisbane.
Hundreds of police from across the state are today taking part in Exercise Jarvis, along with Queensland Rail (QR) as well as other emergency services, Queensland government departments and partner federal agencies.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Keating said the three-day exercise was designed to test the Service’s counter-terrorism capabilities and whole-of-government response arrangements.
“While we sincerely hope that we will never have to deal with a real terrorist incident here in Queensland – the QPS is leaving nothing to chance,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Keating said.
“The planning for Exercise Jarvis began many months ago with the development of a detailed scenario combining both a cyber and physical terrorist threat that would have an impact across various areas of government.
“Today we entered the deployment part of the exercise which focused on how emergency services and QR implemented their well-rehearsed plans to respond to a train derailment.
“Resources from across the QPS including general duties officers, detectives from the State Crime Command’s various groups, intelligence officers and a range of other specialist officers are taking part.”
Queensland Rail Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy said QR appreciated the opportunity to be involved in today’s phase of the exercise.
“While this exact scenario is fortunately extremely unlikely, the experience we’ve gained from Exercise Jarvis is invaluable when it comes to preparing for future emergency situations on the rail network,” Mr Easy said.
“It was great to work together with other agencies, to test our existing processes and to ensure a collaborative, coordinated response to any future incident.”
Acting Deputy Commissioner Keating said operational activity like Exercise Jarvis should reassure the public that the QPS had the safety of the whole community front and centre.
“We relish any opportunity to test and validate our counter-terrorism capabilities – particularly in preventing and resolving terrorism threats similar to events we have seen overseas in London and Paris in recent times.
“Days like today are also an opportunity to remind Queenslanders that while they should go about their daily lives as normal, it is still important to be vigilant and report anything suspicious that they see or hear.
“The Queensland Police Service is committed to the safety and security of the community – and Exercise Jarvis is just one way we are delivering on that commitment.”
The current National Terrorism Threat Level for Australia remains at probable.
If anyone has any knowledge of suspicious activity or sees anything of concern they can contact Triple Zero in an emergency, Policelink on 131444 for non-urgent matters or the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 for national security issues.