A multi-million dollar police unit will be created to better deal with high-risk members of the community who may threaten to carry out lone wolf style attacks, the Victorian State Government has announced.
Minister for Police Lisa Neville today announced the new $31.6 million Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) would include specialist police, forensic and mental health experts all under one roof.
“Victoria hasn’t been immune to the lone-offender attacks we are seeing across the world and we’re responding by putting the protection of the community first,” she said.
“The centre will target high-risk people in the community who may pose a serious threat to Victorians, including those who hold a fixated grievance and violent extremists.”
Located at the Victoria Police Command Complex in Spencer Street, the facility will be equipped to respond to serious threats of violence posed by people with complex needs that could result in terrorism or perpetration of extreme violence.
Further funding is also being provided to put in place specialist mental health, alcohol and other drug services to engage high risk individuals, ensuring they receive the help they need.
Staff recruitment will start immediately, with plans for the centre to be fully operational by January 2018.
With similar centres already operating in New South Wales, Queensland, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, it’s expected the FTAC will assess around 300 people per year.
Plans were developed with input from leading forensic mental health specialists including Forensicare, Melbourne Health and Monash Health.
You can check out the full press conference from Victoria Police below: