VIDEO: Rocky police in training for fight against terrorism
POLICE are busy learning strategies and ways to engage with the community when it comes to the fight against terrorism.
Rockhampton's senior officers are attending a four-day Security and Counter-Terrorism Network training this week.
Senior Sergeant John Kilburn from Brisbane Security Counter Terrorism Group said the aim of the training was to provide tools for frontline police based around the ideas of community engagement and social cohesion aimed towards preventing acts around terrorism.
"People are susceptible to radicalisation in any community," he said.
"We give police tools to be able to identify people who are vulnerable and strategies to engage effectively and that's why we work with groups such as the Islamic Council of Queensland who have come on board to help deliver the program. "
Hamza Vayani from Islamic Council of Queensland said they are helping to deliver to officers a basic introduction into Islam.
"It's been a positive two-way process where police officers can have no-holds conversation to be equipped with the knowledge they need to engage with the community," he said.
"We do practical things like what are the etiquettes about visiting a mosque, the terminology used.
"It's initiatives like this where agencies are coming together to do the right thing and speak about safeguarding multicultural Queensland."
The Islamic Council of Queensland has helped to deliver 15 training courses to officers.