A Major Law Change Is Coming And It Could Well Save Lives
All police are set to get elite SAS training as an overhaul of defence deployments comes in.
It will mean that it is easier for Australian soldiers to act on home soil.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today announce sweeping changes to ‘defence call-out’’ powers following a review of how the nation responds to terror attacks.
Under the reforms, state police forces will be able to embed military personnel in their ranks, and police tactical response teams will get special forces training to bring them up to the level of the military when dealing with major incidents.
It will also mean that the Australian Defence Force will be able to take charge of any counter-terrorism operations when governments request it.
“State and territory police forces remain the best first response to terrorist incidents, immediately after an attack starts,” Mr Turnbull said.
“But Defence can offer more support to states and territories to enhance their capabilities and increase their understanding of Defence’s unique capabilities, to ensure a comprehensive response to potential terrorist attacks.
“The overhaul will make it easier for Defence to work together with federal, state and territory police in the event of a terrorist incident.”
The overhaul will be announced Sydney’s Holsworthy Barracks later today.