- Dedicated CHOGM 2011 police command centre opens in Maylands
- Facility to house 100 personnel for WA’s biggest police operation
The new police command centre for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was officially opened today in preparation for the meeting of world leaders in Perth at the end of this month.
The facility, which has been operational for some time and was tested in a major exercise this week, will be home to about 100 personnel who will be working around the clock in the lead-up to and during the event.
Police Minister Rob Johnson said the entire WA Police security operation would be commanded from the facility, which featured sophisticated CCTV, computing and communication facilities.
“Operation Demille is the biggest-ever operation conducted by WA Police and features a high degree of complexity, which will require significant co-ordination during CHOGM 2011,” Mr Johnson said.
“The State and Federal governments have worked co-operatively to ensure police have been sufficiently resourced to undertake their security responsibilities for this important event.
“Not only will WA police officers and staff be working from this secure location during CHOGM 2011, but liaison officers from a range of other Government and private organisations will form part of the overall command and control response.”
The 100 personnel will work together at the command centre using individual work stations fitted with the latest computer and communications equipment.
Video screens spanning 30 metres will line one wall of the centre and play CCTV vision from various fixed locations and mobile vehicles. Briefing and conference rooms, along with offices available for planning and logistics, will also be available.
The Minister said that while WA Police were prepared to deal with any situation which could occur during CHOGM 2011, they were hopeful that the event would be relatively incident free.
- Post-event, the command centre will remain as WA Police’s second, and largest, command centre for handling major incidents and emergencies
- It will supplement an existing facility in Perth, adjudged as physically too small for the CHOGM 2011 role.
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