“The Queensland State Budget will deliver a greatly enhanced capacity for police to respond to high risk scenarios with three new armoured cars to be located around the state,” Police Minister Mark Ryan said.
“Police are required at times to operate in extremely dangerous, dynamic and highly unpredictable environments.
“Queensland’s specialist police teams are trained to elite levels of performance and they deserve the equipment and resources to support their vital work protecting the community.
“The government has committed to adding another heavy armoured vehicle to the Police Service’s emergency response capability.
“In addition, the fleet of Light Armoured Vehicles will be expanded by three.
“Furthermore, four from the existing fleet of Light Armoured Vehicles will be renewed.
“These are significant investments but they will support police and support community safety.
“It is therefore imperative that police are provided with the hardware and resources that support their work and allow them to go about that work as safety as possible,” Mr Ryan concluded.
Over the past 18 months Queensland Police have shot an estimated 11 people in the line of duty. A number of readers and the media have questioned why so many have been shot and killed when other means of disarming an alleged assailant could have been used.
Queensland and Australian Police Union President Ian Leavers once said on ABC Radio “the only people who should own guns are police” so it is from this perspective that union members could get partial mind conditioning and comfort.
“We always want the best resources for police and I thank Minister Mark Ryan, the Treasurer and Premier for again delivering for the frontline,” Mr Leavers said.
“Police are already benefitting from the rollout of new personalised Integrated Load Bearing (bullet proof) Vests that provide significant protection from bladed weapons and firearms.
“The addition of a new Bearcat and multiple light armoured vehicles will provide protection for police during critical incidents.
“We hope this armour is rarely required but if it is our specialists need the best equipment and the most advanced technology available to ensure the continuing safety of the Queensland community.”
Once upon a time most Queensland police officers could easily take a knife from an offender because they had been trained properly at the Petrie Terrace Police Barracks.. Today lightweight police girls trained at Oxley can barley hold up a 1.3 kg Glock pistol let alone fire it accurately and would have no chance of physically disarming a knife-wielding offender.
Perhaps a legitimate excuse these days not to engage in combat would be confronting drug-affected offenders who can develop immense strength and agitation from consuming the drug ice.
Police Training at Oxley and Townsville Academies
From the recruit training website:
”Recruit training develops competent, ethical, efficient and effective police officers who are motivated, responsible and aware of community needs. Recruits examine problems taken from everyday policing situations that allow them to develop appropriate decision-making skills to solve operational policing issues. In addition, recruits undergo extensive training in physical skills, driving, firearms and field craft.
“Swimming will also be assessed (if the 100m, fully clothed swim was not successfully completed at QPS Recruit Entry Fitness Assessment) and first aid proficiency will be required before graduation from the academy.”
There is no mention of combat training as done previously.
In the recent shootings in most cases at least three shots reportedly were fired at victims. Several died from multiple shots fired by more than one officer.
A .40 calibe slug from a 13 round, police Glock, semi-auto pistol has a great deal of stopping power using 180 grain projectiles. It develops muzzle energy of 388 foot pounds and has a muzzle velocity of 985 feet per second. One body shot would be sufficient to disable or even kill any assailant.
In comparison a .22 rimfire round has a projectile weight of 40 grains and an average muzzle velocity of 1300 feet per second.
NSW Police in same boat
The family of a 95-year-old grandmother who was tasered in a NSW nursing home is demanding answers from police.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BEARCAT
- Off-Road and Rural Missions
- Seats 10-12 Fully Equipped Officers
- 2-Door and 4-Door Variants Available
- Open floor plan allows for rescue of downed personnel
The BearCat G3 provides Lenco’s proven armor system in a ruggedized off-road platform. The G3 utilizes the same body design, interior features and tactical options as the G2, but it comes standard with a heavier duty upgraded suspension and off-road tires, rims & run flats to provide enhanced off-road performance. The increased ground clearance and robust suspension allows for emergency response in rural regions and natural disaster scenarios where standard armored SWAT vehicles would experience challenges. If your mission takes you off-road, the Lenco BearCat G3 will get you where you need to go. Available with mission-specific design features for Police and Government, Medical and Fire Response.
- Standard vehicle in US SWAT
- All Steel Armor Construction
- High Ballistic Protection
- V8 Turbo Diesel Engine; 4×4
- Commonality of parts with other BearCat variants
- Fully configurable to a wide array of BearCat variants
Former Cairns News contributor and NSW political roundsman Gil Hanrahan, came out of retirement to send us this story. Gil had overseas military training which has given an insight to police operations.