Police training may be shifted to Amberley

POLICE could be training out of RAAF Base Amberley and abandoning the Westgate centre at Wacol if a government review into emergency services is followed.

The Keelty Review, by former commissioner of the Australian Federal Police Mick Keelty, was tabled in State Parliament this week.

It suggested the business case for the development of the planned Westgate facility be reviewed by an independent party and partner with the private sector if it continued.

The report recommended "alternative facilities such as Australian Defence Force sites" be considered for the training of police and other emergency services.

The report supported and understood the original vision from which the Westgate development came, but said "events and technology" had overtaken the original plans to train emergency personnel at the facility.

It pointed to the advent of online teaching facilities used by universities and encouraged the implementation of similar schemes for emergency workers.

Also, Ipswich's Safe City cameras were directly praised by the Keelty Review especially the co-operation used to develop the CCTV system.

"The Queensland Police Service joint venture with the University of Queensland and the Ipswich local government in the 'Safe Cities' project is an example of positive steps that share the problem while combining to develop solutions," the report read.



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