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Police officers at the Queensland Police Academy have warned that students are “tired, tired, tired” of being shot and are taking matters into their own hands.
Key points:One of the most dangerous incidents was the shooting of a cadet in 2016The academy has been rocked by protests after a cadete was killed in a fatal shootingIn August, two other cadets were shot and killed after they were involved in a confrontation with policeThe academy’s former chief, retired senior sergeant Craig Evans, told the ABC he was “absolutely disgusted” by the deaths of two cadets, and “absolutely shocked” by a third.
“They were not trained and they were not equipped for that kind of behaviour,” he said.
“It is not acceptable.
Police were called to the Academy on Wednesday after a teenager was killed by two fellow cadets in an altercation that began when the cadets saw him holding a gun.”
There is no place for that type of behaviour at the academy.”
Police were called to the Academy on Wednesday after a teenager was killed by two fellow cadets in an altercation that began when the cadets saw him holding a gun.
Two cadets have been charged with two counts of manslaughter and one with two count of recklessly endangering the safety of a person.
The academy said in a statement that cadets and police were in close contact.
“The academy is committed to a culture of safety and respect, which includes maintaining an environment of safety, security and peace,” the statement said.
It said the two cadet officers were “aware that the cadet was carrying a firearm” and that they “did not see the situation in front of them”.
The incident came amid a string of high-profile shootings at the cadeter training academy, including the fatal shooting of former cadet Michael Bogan in August 2016.
In August 2016, a cadeter was killed when two other men opened fire at his unit.
“I think this is really shocking,” Mr Evans said.
“I am absolutely disgusted.
It’s a sad day for all of us, not just the cadettes, who are going through that now.”‘
We’re tired, we’re tired’The academy will be undergoing an overhaul in the coming weeks and months as part of the Government’s $1.9 billion overhaul.
Police Minister Steve Bracks has pledged to ensure that cadet training is more effective.
The academy was rocked by an incident in which a cadets gun accidentally went off during an exercise.
Cadets were deployed to the academy for a six-week course on how to use weapons and techniques, and police officers were in constant communication with the cadete’s unit.
One of those cadets was charged with manslaughter and was later acquitted.
Last year, police were also told to stay in close proximity to cadets while they were being trained.
But Mr Evans says there is an urgent need to re-establish the trust between police and the cadette’s unit, and that cadete units are trained to operate independently.
Mr Evans said he was confident the cadeters would be more “professional” and would not have acted in self-defence.
“We know they will be more professional than any cadet that I’ve ever seen in my 20 years of policing,” he told the National newspaper.
“So I can assure you that if they were to have engaged in that kind [of behaviour] then I would not believe it.”
If they were doing that, they would have been doing it in their own time.
“What they did is not right, they’re not trained.
It is a tragedy.”