Major terror operation to test Games security
A RECORD 10,000 strong multi-agency security force will be deployed to the Commonwealth Games as organisers prepare for a two-day final exercise to combat terrorism threats.
The Gold Coast Bulletin understands more than 3500 QPS officers will be working at the Games in excess of the resources already in place on the Gold Coast.
GOLDOC will employ about 4200 security providers at the April event who will work with police to deliver protection for fans, athletes and volunteers at venues.
More than 2000 Australian Defence Force personnel will be participating in security operations under National Security Guidelines.
Games sources confirmed the data and that QPS and key partners had staged more than 130 exercises of varying size and complexity to date.
But tomorrow and Wednesday will be the biggest, designed to test the readiness of venue security.
Games Minister Kate Jones told the Gold Coast Bulletin: "This will be the most important security simulation of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
"I'm confident that when it comes to security, we couldn't be any better prepared for the Games - the security operation is the last major piece of the puzzle.
"The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest event in Queensland's history.
"It will deliver $4 billion for this state and the flown-on from hosting one of the biggest multi-sport events on the planet will benefit the Gold Coast for generations.
"We're committed to making sure this event goes off without a hitch and that's what this operation is all about."
Games sources said the two day operation was the largest multi-agency security exercise held in preparation for GC2018.
A combination of internal and external state, federal and international government agencies would be involved in reviewing the exercise program and its results, the source said.
More than 100 clinical and support staff from several specialties within Gold Coast Health will be participating in the exercise event including Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, and Health Emergency Operations Centre members.
While there is no known security threat, agencies say they have been planning for years to prepare for potential security threats.
QAS will have more than 470 paramedics dedicated to the Games and 98 vehicles including a range of specialist units like the High Acuity Response Unit, Bicycle Response Team and Operational Support Unit.
Residents are not expected to be impacted or aware of the operation with some simulations based on recording an incident location and monitoring traffic movements across the city.