December 14, 2011
An Australian police officer joined Cheshire police for specialist training to combat terrorism.
Nick Barrett, a team leader with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), joined 25 Cheshire officers on the specialist search training course.
The exercises included combing buildings, vehicles, fields, roads and other open areas for items which could be parts of improvised explosive devices.
The AFP is planning to set up a similar course in Australia.
Nick said the training was detailed and demanding. He said: “We don’t have a nationally -based dedicated search course like this right now because the prevalence of counter-terrorism incidents is lower. Search training is crime-based and is the responsibility of the State police forces.
“My brief was to take part in this course and assess what parts of it will transfer to Australia to meet our needs there. The intention is to build our own course round those elements.”