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First counter-terrorism conference in Queensland

LEADERS from international and national law enforcement and intelligence agencies gathered in Brisbane recently for the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Alumni Association (LinCT-AA) Conference.

Attendees represented multiple agencies including law enforcement, government agencies, intelligence services and universities, who came together to share information on combatting terrorism locally, nationally and internationally.

A key topic for this year was strengthening public trust and the importance of enhancing community safety, with this year’s theme focusing on ‘knowledge, power, unity.’

Minister for Police Mark Ryan and Commissioner Katarina Carroll welcomed over 300 delegates from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to the three-day conference.

Commissioner Carroll said the Queensland Police Service is dedicated to public safety and to working alongside other organisations to fight terrorism and to create safer and more secure communities.

“This conference unites leaders from law enforcement agencies and intelligence services from all over the world, for a common goal,” she said.

“We recognise the challenges we face are not localised in one corner of the world and thus, our solutions must not be either.

“Queensland will also host the LinCT-AA conference in 2024.”

More than 40 expert speakers addressed current issues surrounding counter-terrorism including artificial intelligence, masculinity and violent extremism, the prevention of targeted violence and working with terrorist and extremist offenders.

The LinCT program was developed by law enforcement agencies of Australia, the United States, Scotland, Canada and Northern Island, with the aim of applying strategic leadership in the counter-terrorism environment.

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