Force planning disaster exercise

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 November, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 November, 1993, 12:00am

A THREE-day emergency exercise will be held next week to test the police response to a disaster involving heavy casualties.

Chief Superintendent Denis Shackleton said the exercise will test contingency plans for a major incident involving police from across the territory.

Information officers have helped the police to draw up possible scenarios which will put participants in an extremely stressful situation to test their capability.

The scenarios include the possibility of a major plane crash and other more serious disasters.

''The aim of the exercise is to test the emergency procedures in the plans and response of policemen and different Government departments,'' Superintendent Shackleton said.

The exercise to begin on Wednesday with policemen actually deployed on the streets to cope with the imaginary problems.

Police said they would try to avoid causing inconvenience to the public.

The exercise is known as a command control exercise and will mostly involve senior police officers.