Police participate in a training exercise at a new training facility at Southern Cross University.
Police participate in a training exercise at a new training facility at Southern Cross University.

Dealing with the enemy

TWO police officers in head-to-toe protective gear demonstrated how to deal with a volatile situation and a gun-wielding madman at the new police firearms simulation facility yesterday.

The Richmond Local Area Command and Southern Cross University opened the new facility, which is the only one of its kind outside of Sydney, at the university campus.

The facility is a large shed with multiple rooms, all with removable walls, and it houses more bells and whistles than one could imagine.

Situations played out at the facility are similar to those police encounter during sieges and incidents where people are armed and uncooperative, Richmond LAC Superintendent Greg Martin said.

“It’s a simulated high risk training venue where police can come and conduct training in a high risk controlled environment,” he said.

“It can be changed around but let’s not forget about the technology behind it, there is CCTV, smoke machines and we can monitor it from another building and we can record it.

“What it will lead to is better decision making in real high-risk situations.”

Firefighters will also train in the shed, which omits smoke at the press of a button.



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