Western Australia Police trains RAN personnel

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Western Australia Police have trained together at HMAS Stirling, the largest base in the RAN.

During joint training exercise, Western Australia Police strengthened RAN’s security response capabilities by conducting ‘active shooter’ threat scenarios.

The exercise was aimed at improving RAN personnel’s critical skills for dealing with potential active armed offenders.

The instructors from Western Australia Police Academy provided guidance and instruction to RAN personnel.

Warrant Officer Naval Police Coxswain Glen Wright said: “The day was a success overall with teams working through scenarios relating to the development and refinement of procedures in dealing with a security or force protection issue.

“The training opportunity has only strengthened the relationship between Stirling and Western Australia Police.

“All members involved gained some valuable experience in clearing of rooms and buildings in relation to dealing with a potential threat.”

As part of the training exercise, Naval Police Coxswains and Boatswains were equipped with practical strategies to quickly assess the type and severity of a threat, and to respond appropriately.

South Metro Forensic Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Chris Campbell said: “Stirling is a key piece of infrastructure in the South Metro District, and this enhanced relationship allows Western Australia Police to utilise a vast and unique facility, boosting both the police and naval capability in terms of counter terrorism response,” he said.

“It also assists my team to prepare for any required response to a critical incident on the Island.”

Nearly 12 fleet units including RAN’s Anzac Class frigates and Collins Class submarines are stationed at HMAS Stirling.

Image: Western Australian Police members consisting of instructors and students with Navy Boatswains Mates and Naval Police Coxswains outside the Sir James Stirling Mess Annex at HMAS Stirling. Photo: © Royal Australian Navy.