Among MANY takeaways, this is just one recommendation worth further discussion:
I recommend that the NSWPF develop a cadre of counterterrorist negotiators and provide them with appropriate training to equip them to respond to a terrorist siege. (rec. 21/334, p. 314)
The Sydney Morning Herald shared the following in this article:
From the Guardian:
- The “contain and negotiate” police response to the siege failed.
- Commanders underestimated the threat Monis posed.
- There was some confusion around the lines of command.
- Negotiators had received little, if any, specialist training about how to deal with terrorists and did not explore options to communicate with Monis.
Barnes said it was “entirely appropriate” for police to refuse Monis’ demands to be broadcast on radio, but options could have been explored.
“A compromise could have been explored, such as an offer to let a released hostage read a statement prepared by Monis and vetted by police. The opportunity to use this and to foster engagement with Monis was not sufficiently considered.”
Police could have also communicated better with hostages. The failure to do so increased their sense of abandonment, he said.