Officers from our regional State Protection Support Unit in 2011.
Officers from our regional State Protection Support Unit in 2011. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

SIEGE EXPLAINED: Police on Dalley Street negotiation scene

SOON after 4.30pm yesterday at least two vehicles containing State Protection Support Unit (SPSU) officers were at the Dalley Street East Lismore siege scene to aid negotiations with an armed man threatening self-harm.

The SPSU are a group of regional police who have received advanced training in weapons handling and special police tactics. These highly trained officers could have been called on at a moment's notice from as far as Grafton.

Officers in the SPSU are some of the most highly trained members of the NSW Police Force.

Heavily armed with glock pistols, shot guns and semi-automatic rifles, officers from the unit risk their lives to provide operational support to the State Protection Group in resolving high risk incidents.

The unit's officers aim to contain and resolve sieges and hostage situations and armed offender situations.

They are often brought in to arrest armed offenders in high-risk situations.

Officers from the SPSU are also called on to conduct high-risk searches and escort and secure dangerous prisoners.

In addition to this they are involved in the escort and security of VIPs who have been assessed as being at risk.



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