Truck terror threat forces police Anzac Day rethink

RECENT international terrorist attacks involving the use of trucks led local police to rethink their Anzac Day strategy.

Every officer on duty in the Brisbane region on Tuesday will be briefed on the force's terrorism strategy, as the Queensland Police Service looks to learn harsh lessons from ­recent attacks in Paris, Stockholm and London.

Acting Chief Superintendent Mark Reid said the brefing would include "discussions on vigilance, what we're looking for in regard to anti-social behaviour and terrorist behaviour."

"We have a number of ­assets out and about. It's a terrible thing to see these events occur overseas, but it provides us with the ability to refocus both our ­resources and what is important."

QPS said it had not received any information to suggest a terrorist attack was likely, but the national terrorism alert level remained at "probable".

The "current world environment" has forced organisers of Anzac Day marches in Brisbane to expand vehicle checking procedures this year.

Organisers have implemented a vehicle access system that will see only approved vehicles allowed into restricted areas.

"It will make it harder for a person who is not supposed to be within that precinct to get into the area," Chief Supt Reid said.

"And if a vehicle is already in the precinct it will make it easier for us to perhaps remove the vehicle from outside the restricted area."

Police would not say which landmarks in Queensland had been earmarked as potential terrorist targets, or how many landmarks were being monitored.

No bag checks will be conducted.

The planning process for Anzac Day has ramped up in the past three months and QPS has focused on fixing the "holes" in their strategy.

Queenslanders have been told to go about their business as usual but anyone concerned about safety has been invited to speak to the nearest officer.

"If something doesn't seem right there's generally a reason for that. Just be more aware of what's going on around you," Chief Supt Reid said.

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