Sunday - 6 December 2020
The Police Association of NSW has commended remarks made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Friday’s special Classes of 2020 Attestation event that the NSW Police Force is the “gold-standard of police forces, not just here in Australia, but all around the world” - adding that this standard has held up more than ever during the unpredictability of the Covid-19 crisis.
“We want to acknowledge and thank the Prime Minister for his reference to the experiences that police officers go through so that those who do not wear the uniform will never have to,” says Tony King, President of the Police Association.
“As he said so well on Friday, when our community fractures and breaks it is the serving police officers throughout this proud state who unflinchingly bear the brunt. They keep turning up, day after day, night after night, pushing through all of the pressures and dangerous situations that they are faced with”.
Mr King said Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s statement that New South Wales would ‘not have survived the last 12 to 18 months if it was not for every single man and woman of the NSW Police Force’, was another testament to the magnitude and quality of police work that has been successfully carried out and that may take many years to be fully appreciated.
Commenting on an error made at Sydney Airport over the weekend in the passage of two international passengers, Mr King noted how quickly NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy fronted publicly to admit a mistake had been made. “Stepping up to own and address the mistake is a true mark and model of professionalism and leadership”.
“The duties carried out at the quarantine hotels and during the 138-day NSW-Victoria Border operations can only be described as exemplary, and have consistently shown professional excellence under exceptional circumstances. That herculean effort should never be diminished.
“The entire response to emergencies in 2020 by our members has been 100% focused on protecting and keeping communities safe. If there had been any major issues such as experienced in Victoria we know from the NSW Treasurer that the economic cost alone to NSW would have exceeded $1 billion a week. NSW police officers have been saving lives and saving the economy”.
Note: The statements cited above by the PM and Premier were made at the special attestation event for 1000 probationary constables held at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday 4 December 2020.