Why the creeping militarisation of our police has experts worried
Australian police are increasingly being "militarised".
Front-line officers in Queensland and Victoria, and specialist units across the country, are being trained in military-style tactics and thinking.
Lawyer and former Australian Defence Force officer John Sutton describes this "convergence" as slow and worrying.
"Typically, a close ideological and operational alliance between the police force and the military has always been associated with repressive regimes," he says.
"Australia has a very strong democracy and a very robust civic mindedness among its population.
"Nevertheless, these developments are certainly concerning."
So just how concerned should we be? And what's driving the shift?