Security measures increased to include drone guns ahead of Gold Coast Games
If you find yourself looking at police officers with oversized guns at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next month – there is no need to worry.
Queensland Police officers have shown off some of the security technology they will be using at the Games in April that they say will “provide a safe and secure environment”.
One of the more prominent pieces of technology to be used is DroneShield’s DroneGun MKII, used as an “air control measure” in disrupting the use of drones during the event.
A Queensland Police spokesperson told 9news.com.au in a statement that the comically-sized gun will be used to ensure “an appropriate level of airspace security exists to support the event”.
“Throughout the Commonwealth Games, Temporary Restricted Areas have been designed to ensure the security of GC2018 while also minimising the disruption for the general aviation community,” a police statement said.
“The QPS will use a range of capabilities including DroneShield’s Dronegun to detect, and disrupt unauthorised drone activity during GC2018 to ensure the safety and security of the public.”
The DroneGun MKII works by jamming the signal between a person controlling a drone and the device itself, shutting down the video vision that person has via the drone and allowing the police to safely bring it to the ground.
Authorities have also said that there is no specific terror threat to Queensland that has sparked the increase in security, although police have already started using the guns – bringing down an “unauthorised aircraft” within 100 metres of an exclusion zone on Sunday night.
The device has become so popular, even politicians locally and internationally have taken the time to inspect it.
The gun comes as part of a range of extended powers given to Queensland Police and the defence force ahead of the Commonwealth Games, including airport-style security checks and random location searches.
Almost 2000 members of the Australian Defence Force will be deployed on the Gold Coast during the Games and security will be heightened across 15 different venues to deal with the almost one million ticketholders expected to attend.
“They can be assured that everything that can be done, is being done,” Steve Gollschweski of the Queensland Police said at a media event yesterday.
“(That includes) additional powers of search, detaining, stopping and giving directions.”
Strict restrictions have also been put on backpacks and bag sizes for visitors to the Games, with any bag taken into an event needing to be smaller than 40cm-by-40cm and able to fit under a stadium seat.
Police have also urged anyone visiting the Commonwealth Games to stay alert and report any suspicious behaviour or sightings.
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