Brisbane gets purpose-built police operations centre for G20

A PURPOSE-built state-of-the-art facility on Brisbane's South Bank will serve as the nerve centre for police operations during the G20 Summit that begins in earnest later this year.

Hundreds of officers and associated administrative personnel from across the country will work out of the new building directing operations that will see 6000 policemen and women working to keep the 4000 delegates safe.

Two of the biggest undertakings are expected to be the Finance Ministers' Meeting in Cairns on 20-21 September and Leaders' Summit in Brisbane on 16-17 November.

"The Queensland Police Service will be undertaking Operation Southern Cross, the largest and most complex in the organisation's 150-year history," Police Minister Jack Dempsey said when the G20 Police Operations Centre was opened on Thursday.

"The G20 is the largest opportunity Queensland has had to showcase our abilities to the world, and I know the Queensland Police Service is up to the task.

"This is a world-leading facility and it is also a part of our commitment to revitalise frontline services and bring the Queensland Police Service into the 21st century and showing we are ahead of many police services around the world."

Looking after some of the world's most influential leaders as well as some 3000 visiting media while also ensuring the safety of the people of Brisbane is an onerous task.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP said the opening of the G20 facility was an indication we were taking great strides forward to ensure we are not left wanting on the safety front.

"Like the other major events we have seen in this country like APEC, CHOGM or the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, the security aspect for the G20 is vitally important," he said.

"This police operations centre is very important to have an event that is safe and fun and that's why the Commonwealth Government was happy to contribute $4.5 million towards construction.

"It really is world-beating linking to CCTV footage, providing networking within various conference rooms and ensuring the various law enforcement and intelligence agencies that will operate out of here like the Australian Federal Police, the Defence Force, ASIO and the Queensland Police will be able to do so effectively.

"This is a major gathering and it needs to be safe and secure and it will be as a result of this facility."

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