Undercover commandos will be at the heart of the massive operation to keep the Commonwealth Games safe, police have revealed.
They will be among the 5,200 police and army personnel deployed on the Gold Coast for the games which start on April 4.
Queensland Police is heading up the operation as it beefs up security to keep athletes and spectators safe from bombings and terror threats.
Commandos will be at the heart of the massive operation to keep the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast safe
Police will deploy drones to keep an aerial eye on threats
The army have been brought in to provide security for the Commonwealth Games which start on April 4
Senior commanders are concerned about terrorism and are aiming to prevent attacks similar to the Boston Marathon bombing, the Courier Mail reports.
Hundreds of officers have been given additional training and will also film major incidents on mobile phones and send live pictures back to intelligence services.
People and vehicles will be dealt with at separate check-in stations with airport-style security.
Police will be able to test each vehicle for explosives and material to potentially cause major damage.
Hundreds of officers have been given additional training and will also film major incidents on mobile phones and send live pictures back
Alongside the army, there will be undercover commandos patrolling the streets during the games
Security teams have special powers to search vehicles, random frisk searches and can use dogs to search gardens
The Commonwealth Games has 4,300 security staff of its own but 3,700 police officers will also join them along with 1,500 personnel from the Australian Defence Force.
Security teams have also been granted additional powers inside designated zones to carry random frisk searches of people and inspect their bags.
The powers also mean officers can impound cars and search gardens with dogs.
The games will have nearly 10,000 security personnel in place including 3,700 Queensland Police officers
The Commonwealth Games is employing 4,300 security staff of its own and will be added to 5,200 police and army personnel
The security partnership has been formed as Tactical Assault Group East and will also call on resources from the Australian Federal Police, Border Force and ASIO.
Snipers and bomb squad teams have been drafted in from across Australia as part of the high alert response units in case of any incidents.
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, in charge of policing for the games, told the Courier Mail: ‘Our security design has been to accommodate all the various modes of attack that could happen, say things like vehicle attacks, snipers, explosives and even hoaxes.’
The security partnership has been formed with resources from the Australian Federal Police, Border Force and ASIO
Snipers and bomb squad teams have been drafted in from across Australia as part of the high alert response units
Bomb squad officers have been training to detect devices and suspicious packages
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, in charge of policing for the games, says they are ready
Other officers have been training to spot suspicious behaviour, as police learn lessons from previous attacks including the Boston Marathon and Manchester Arena bombings.
Mr Gollschewski added police had a list of people who they have concerns about in relation to posing threat to crowds and they were ‘aware of a number of people’.
Peter Dutton, the federal Minister for Home Affairs, has warned the country ‘cannot be complacent’ regarding security around the Games.
He added: ‘Security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games remain under constant review to ensure we are best-placed to meet any challenges.
‘Our law enforcement and security agencies are among the best in the world and are working tirelessly with event organisers to deliver a safe and secure Games.’
Other officers have been training to spot suspicious behaviour among crowds in a bid to prevent similar attacks at the Boston Marathon and Manchester Arena