HOLSWORTHY is the home of a new Defence Police Training Centre. The centre was opened late last month with a smoking ceremony held by local Aboriginal elders to honour the original owners of the land.
The centre was designed for training and assessing military police. Personnel will spend 76 days at the centre, attending courses in military education and police training.
A Defence spokesman said the training syllabus at the centre was developed in-house to meet service requirements to ensure all officers were given the chance to succeed in whatever military police specialisation they chose.
"The Army is a registered training organisation and therefore the Defence Police Training Centre must comply with the requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework," he said. "The syllabus incorporates aspects of civilian policing, accrediting officers with nationally recognised civilian and military qualifications.
"Officers will learn to be soldiers as well as qualified service policemen and women."
Military Police training involves the attainment of a variety of fundamental skills required to police the Army.
The spokesman said through training the officers would improve their self-discipline, confidence and teamwork. "They will also gain a wide range of additional skills," he said.
Some of those skills include law and related policies, community-based policing and investigation of military offences, emergency-vehicle handling skills and defensive tactics.