Members of Australia’s TAG-E should be extended special powers off duty, including the authorisation to conceal carry and to detain people or persons reasonably believed to have committed a crime. I would advocate the same privileges for our state and territory PTGs. They are all police officers and policing work is their bread and butter.
In fact, it would be PTGs who would be most suited to pioneering this radical suggestion, because the overall training liability and risk would be considered lower with this group than any other. Even though one of SOF’s greatest strengths is their trainability, the biggest and most unlikely hurdle would obviously be having this approved and written into legislation, particularly for military personnel.
Although I understand that the chances of getting this highly speculative proposal off the ground are slim, it is these types of discussions and outside-the-box thinking that need to occur to find suitable solutions to unconventional problems. The Commonwealth has a number of underutilized resources at its disposal that could not only be re-tasked with the right training, but would undoubtedly be a cost effective measure for them to do so. Our unit holds a large number of disclosed and undisclosed capabilities that would allow competent operators to work seamlessly within a policing role, however much like the token right to self defense, it is bureaucracy and legislation that is stymying this potential.