CEPS conference redefines national security

Policing and security scholars and practitioners from across Australia will analyse community understanding of risk, preparedness and resilience at the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) conference this week (October 5-7).

The conference will have a particular focus on national security and disaster management in an all-hazards environment.

State and national trends in natural and human-made disaster response will be examined by combining different perspectives on a variety of emergency situations.

CEPS director Professor Simon Bronitt said the concept of emergency covered a number of events including natural disasters, armed conflict or terrorist attacks.

“Responses to these events are governed by distinctly different, but frequently overlapping social, policy regulatory frameworks guiding management strategies and practice,” he said.

“Just how resilient and prepared our policing and security entities are is integral to the safety of the nation, and this will be a main focus of the conference.”

Conference themes include: infrastructure vulnerability, transport security, disaster resilience (Queensland floods and cyclones), technology and climate change.

Keynote presenters include:

• Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan, National Manager, Hi Tech Crime Operations, Australian Federal Police

• Karly Pidgeon, Acting General Manager, Supply Chain and Technology, Office of Transport Security, Department of Infrastructure and Transport

• Mike Rothery, First Assistant Secretary, National Security Resilience Policy Division, Attorney-General’s Department

• Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director, ANU Climate Change Institute

• Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart, Regional Operations, Queensland Police Service

The conference will be held at the Brisbane Hilton Hotel. The conference program can be found here.

Media: Deborah Marshall 0408 727 734.