POLICE around Australia are facing an increased threat of terror attacks against them, despite no evidence of any specific threat being made against officers.
On Tuesday the Australian Federal Police raised the terror threat for police to high from medium, bringing it into line with the threat faced by the rest of the population.
But state police in Queensland and New South Wales said it was a result of recent attacks on police in France and Canada. They said there were no actual threats of attacks on specific police officers or stations.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart told reporters in Brisbane that a new security assessment by intelligence officers in Canberra had prompted the increase.
But Comm Stewart said the increase only "mirrors" the threat faced by all other Australians, and was not related to any specific threat or information.
He said the state police had actually already taken action due to the raising of the national threat level in September last year, but that "different agencies could face different levels of threat".
Comm Stewart said he had seen the latest intelligence assessment, which has not been publicly released. He believed it showed it was "quite proper" that the threat level be raised specifically for police forces.
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