Australian Special Operations
New South Wales
State Protection Group (SPG) provide support to other
police in high risk situations. They are specially trained
in siege/hostage negotiation and rescue, counter terrorist
operations, VIP escort and securing dangerous prisoners.
The team is on 24 hour standby to attend an incident
anywhere in the state.
Members of the SPG receive the highest level of training
and the standard they achieve is amongst the best
in the world.
In 1991, the State Protection Group (SPG) was established
as a rationalisation of the Special Weapons and Operations
Section (SWOS); the Witness Security Unit; Regional
Tactical Response Groups; and the Rescue Squad.
With these resources and expertise under one command
NSW has a flexible, experienced and highly trained
team that can resolve all types of dangerous incidents,
including terrorist attacks and sieges.
The Group is directly responsible for:
of endangered witnesses
or resolving siege/hostage and armed offender
in high risk and critical situations.
risk searches of premises by warrant
armed and dangerous offenders
and securing dangerous prisoners
support services for major operations
security and escort of VlP's
The high risk incidents which require SPG involvement
are resolved wherever possible by containment and
negotiation rather than by armed force.
Support Branch (Air Wing)
Aviation Support Branch, as it is now known, has a wide
range of responsibilities including the provision of
support to all policing initiatives undertaken by the
New South Wales Police Service. These may include searching
for missing bushwalkers, vessels or aircraft, assisting
police with pursuits of offenders, specialised rescue
missions, cannabis plantation eradication, bushfire
fighting and reconnaissance.
Over the past 2 years the Aviation Support Branch
has flown approximately 3000 hours being involved
in the seizure of drugs and property to value of over
$450 million, arresting 317 offenders, locating and/or
rescuing 145 people and recovering 36 deceased persons.
To increase the effectiveness of the Aviation Support
Branch, specialist equipment such as rescue winches,
Nite-sun searchlights (30 million candle power), DVP
communications, and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)
navigation systems, to name a few, are available.
The Branch has a staff of 28 police and public servants
based at Bankstown Airport, close to the geographical
centre of Sydney. Aircraft and crew are available
to provide support 24 hours a day anywhere in the
State of New South Wales
The NSW Police Dog Squad provides support to police
in a wide variety of operations. Police dog teams
carry out tracking, search, drug sniffing and criminal
The Dog Squad is on call 24 hours a day, seven days
The Squad divides into four Regional Dog
Squads, based at:
Druitt (North West),
Hill (South West), and
The Squad was first formed in 1932 and later disbanded
in 1954. It started again in 1979 with two Dog Teams
(dog and handler) trained in Victoria. The first NSW
training course started in 1980 and the squad has
grown from 6 Operational Dog Teams to 59 today.
Each year, a small number of German Shepherds, a
breed with intelligence and strength, are carefully
evaluated and selected to train as Police dogs. Those
dogs with the necessary intelligence and temperament
undergo an intensive training program with their dedicated
handler at the Police Dog Training Centre in Goulburn.
The training teaches the dog obedience, protection
of its master and other Police dog duties. As a part
of this process, a very close, strong bond develops
between the handler and dog.
After training, all police dog teams are
and find wanted offenders or missing persons in
urban, rural or rugged bushland areas
all types of buildings for wanted offenders in
hiding, property connected with crime or illegal
drugs that are hidden or buried
and apprehend armed and dangerous offenders who
are attempting to escape arrest
as a deterrent and back-up Police in dangerous
situations such as brawls, sieges and serious
domestic violence cases
illicit drugs, whether they be hidden, discarded
or buried in and around buildings or in motor
high profile foot patrols of places such as schools,
industrial areas, shopping complexes, railway
stations, trains and car parks to deter crime
and make these places safer for the community.
There are 14 police dogs and handlers operating in
each Region and 3 located at the Police Dog Training
Centre, a total of 59 teams.
The Dog Squad can be found at the NSW Police Academy,
McDermott Drive, Goulburn NSW 2580