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New Federal Police building at Darwin Airport and new home for four legged federal agents



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THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE

MEDIA RELEASE

27 August 2012

NEW FEDERAL POLICE BUILDING AT DARWIN AIRPORT

AND NEW HOME FOR FOUR LEGGED FEDERAL AGENTS

Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare today unveiled the new $8m Australian Federal Police Operations Centre and Canine Operations Centre at Darwin International Airport.

The new facilities are the culmination of three years work that began when the Government allocated funding in 2009 for the AFP to build long-term, purpose-built accommodation and canine facilities at major airports across Australia. These are the third and fourth of these facilities to open in Australia.

The new Canine Operations Centre will be home to three Firearm and Explosive Detection Dogs and three Currency and Drug Detection Dogs. Its facilities will include:

 Ten overnight kennels  A Vet treatment room  Two isolation kennels used for housing sick dogs  An explosives magazine and drug vault

“These dogs have a sense of smell 1000 times more powerful than a human being. They can do more in ten minutes than a human can do in a day.” Mr Clare said.

The new Police Operations Centre includes:

 an Emergency Operations Centre  Airport Operations Centre  Muster rooms and training facilities  A purpose-built gymnasium  Handling facilities  Holding and interview rooms.

It will be the base for 60 police officers including uniformed police, Bomb Appraisal Officers, Firearms and Explosive Detection Teams as well as Currency and Drug Detection teams.

“This will significantly enhance our law enforcement capabilities at Darwin Airport.” Mr Clare said.

Deputy Commissioner Peter Drennan outlined the important role of the AFP at our airports.

“AFP Aviation performs a pivotal role in providing a safe and secure environment for the travelling public at Australia’s airports,” Deputy Commissioner Drennan said.

Similar facilities will be opened at major airports around Australia, with canine specific accommodation to be built Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The facility on the Gold Coast was opened in August 2011.

Press Secretary: Ryan Hamilton - 0414 599 468