Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas has today offered cautious support for a Rann Government proposal to use private security guards to help protect the state against terrorist attacks.
“However, whilst we can see the potential advantages of this proposal, there are a number of serious issues that would need to be resolved before it should be implemented,” Mr. Lucas said.
“One of the major issues is the long term penetration of the private security industry by bikie gangs and their members. Clearly it would be inappropriate for SAPOL to be sharing sensitive or confidential information with any industry sector that was still significantly infiltrated by bikie gangs.
“Evidently, this proposal is partly based on the London model known as ‘Project Griffin,’ where participating security companies receive weekly police briefings on current threats, crime trends, and coming events.
“Other issues such as the powers and responsibilities of these security officers, as well as training and other costs, also will need to be resolved.
“Before the Rann Government proceeds with this proposal there needs to be appropriate consultation with all interested parties and all significant issues such as the bikie gang issue would need to be resolved satisfactorily.”