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    Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Neil Roberts

    NEW ARMOURED VEHICLE BOOSTS SERT’S CAPABILITIES

    Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Neil Roberts

    Monday, April 18, 2011

    NEW ARMOURED VEHICLE BOOSTS SERT’S CAPABILITIES

    The operational capabilities of the Queensland Police Service’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) have been bolstered with the commissioning of a new state-of-the-art Armoured Response Vehicle (ARV).

    Police Minister Neil Roberts said the $400,000, nine tonne vehicle would add to SERT’s tactical options during domestic high risk and counter-terrorist operations.

    “The ARV possesses a range of highly specialised communication technologies in addition to full ballistic protection and high level four-wheel-drive and off road capability,” Mr Roberts said.

    “The vehicle will provide SERT officers with a range of additional deployment options including enabling the recovery of injured people, supporting a safe negotiation platform, providing a delivery platform for SERT operatives during high risk operations and moving resources during high-risk situations.”

    Mr Roberts said all SERT officers had undertaken training and were qualified to operate the vehicle.

    “Under their charter, SERT undertakes the QPS tactical response to terrorist operations within Queensland and can support interstate counter terrorist operations as required,” Mr Roberts said.

    “SERT also provides state-wide operational support to regional police where operational taskings exceed normal police capabilities or specific specialist skills are required.

    “SERT are supported in their operational environment by trained police negotiators and members of the Explosive Ordinance Response Team who also fall within the Specialist Response Branch.

    “The team regularly trains with both interstate and international police special operations groups to ensure world standard, best practice service delivery to the state of Queensland during critical, high risk situations.”

    Acting Commissioner Ian Stewart said the QPS welcomed the arrival of the new resource which will enhance the safety of QPS and emergency services personnel and members of the public in high-risk situations.

    “It is worth noting that the vehicle’s internal layout and configuration was designed by our own SERT officers,” Acting Commissioner Stewart said.

    “The manufacturer, an American based company, Lenco, stated during testing that the design requested by SERT had not previously been undertaken but provided significant operational advances on previous models.

    “The manufacturer believed the QPS design would become the template for design of future vehicles.”

    Media Contact: Minister’s office – (07) 3239 0199; Police Media – (07) 3015 2444