Police Commandos Deployed To Gold Coast for Schoolies

Police commandos will be deployed to the Gold Coast for Schoolies week in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Officers from the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) are believed to have been sent to Surfers Paradise where tens of thousands of teenagers from across Australia will gather to celebrate the end of high school, The Courier Mail reports.

Bomb squad officers and sniffer dogs will also be on hand to deal with any terrorist threat that may emerge.

Queensland Police’s South Eastern Region police assistant commissioner Brian Codd said no specific threats had been made but security around Schoolies was reviewed “as a matter of course” in light of recent events.

“We’ve revisited our plans and redirected our resources to harden and strengthen our presence, purely as a precaution,” he said.

“We’ll have some additional high-visibility policing in Surfers during Schoolies and we’ve also made arrangements to fast-track the response from some of our specialist areas.”

He said police would be able to respond very quickly if something did occur.

The assistant commissioner added that Gold Coast police had recently been trained in counter-terrorism tactics.

He said he understood parents’ concerns but wanted to assure them that police would provide “as safe and secure an environment as humanly possible”.

Source: 9 News.

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