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SECURITY and surveillance at DFCE
has been boosted with a state-of-the art
upgrade completed on May 31.
Consisting of 78 cameras both
inside and outside the perimeter, the
new system allows detainee instruc-
tors to keep constant observation on
the whole complex while maintain-
ing the highest level of safety to the
detainees and instructors.
OC Maj Chris Woodhouse said
the new security system allowed an
increased amount of oversight in
"We now have a recording capa-
bility we previously never had allow-
ing us to quickly review footage," he
"Using that we can quickly
address any issues that arise and
Operation of the new equip-
ment is centralised in the guard
room where a staff member can
maintain watch and control the indi-
The cameras constantly monitor
detainees within their cells, commu-
nal areas, both the inner and outer
compound and staff areas where
detainees may interact with staff.
Event-based recording means the
cameras will automatically record
events such as cell door openings,
use of intercoms and other actions
while instantly informing the guard
room of any movement.
All cells are electronically con-
nected to the control room with
both detainees and instructors able
to communicate when needed via
an intercom system and the remote
unlocking of one or all cell doors can
happen in case of emergencies.
Maj Woodhouse said the new sys-
tem enhanced the facility's capabil-
ity to safely detain ADF members
above and beyond that of any civilian
"DFCE is well equipped with an
RAP and hospital wing," he said.
THE following is an example of
what could be expected as a
daily routine for a soldier sen-
tenced to DFCE.
0450 -- Extra PT/Remedial drill.
0600 -- Reveille sounds to
mark time to shave and have
breakfast. Detainees must have
prepared their cells for instruc-
tion order prior to this call.
0800 -- Colours ceremony
taken from Naval raising of the
Australian Flag, cell inspection,
chance to make requests or
complaints, which are passed
through to OIC, finish morning
duties (cleaning of ablutions/
laundry/admin tasks) before
the areas are inspected.
1000 -- Military instruction.
1200-1230 -- Lunch.
1230-1330 -- Cleaning and re-
1330-1530 -- Military instruc-
1530-1630 -- Compulsory PT.
1700 -- Lowering of the flag
and personal admin such as
washing and preparing equip-
ment and uniforms for the next
1730 -- Dinner. Administrative
time, re-inspections and
assigned research projects.
Thirty minutes may be allo-
cated to view news or current
affairs programs at the discre-
tion of the OIC.
2030 -- Night routine.
Depending on level of training
for the detainee a different time
for lockdown and sleep.
DFCE has an internal rank
system which rewards perfor-
mance with privileges.
Cpl Emma Rainey keeps
watch during PT, top. The detainee reception
and guard room and all belongings are kept neat and tidy.
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