Page 3454 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 October 2022

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But policing is also an occupation that brings with it a great sense of pride, unparalleled comradery, and where the highs of success make our mission all the more worthwhile.

Today, we pay tribute to our fallen officers, their families, friends and colleagues, who now carry their scars.

Through their commemoration and instatement on the National Police Memorial, their legacy, service and sacrifice will always be remembered.

Those moving words sums up what it is to be a police officer, and that is why I am calling on all members of the Assembly to commend our police and to thank every member for their courage, their sacrifice and their service.

I call on all of us to recognise the real strains and the all-too-tragic sacrifices that our police make, and commend and thank the Chief Police Officer for his professional work, and that of his entire team, sworn and unsworn, and volunteers.

I would also like to thank the Australian Federal Police Association for their tireless advocacy for their members for many years—in particular, Alex Caruana and Troy Roberts.

Finally, my deep respect and sincere thanks go to all ACT Policing members, sworn and unsworn, and the volunteers, for the vital work they do for our ACT community. I commend this motion to the Assembly.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (3.45): I would like to speak in support of this motion on behalf of the minister for police, Mick Gentleman, who cannot be with us today. I would like to express the ACT government’s sincere thanks and appreciation to all frontline responders who work in our emergency services—in particular, ACT Policing, for their continued efforts in keeping the ACT community safe.

Having previously worked at the EAP Association for a number of years in my prior life, I know that ACT Policing members are always at the forefront of the response to the most significant challenges that face us as a community. In responding to these challenges, our officers encounter risk to themselves each and every day, in order to keep us safe.

This is an opportunity—and I thank Mr Hanson for bringing this motion—to thank ACT Policing members for their service. It is more important than ever that we do so after the significant challenges of the last few years. We have seen the work that ACT Policing have done in responding to the devastating bushfires and hailstorms, the work that they did to roll up their sleeves and work tirelessly to support our community, and they rise each and every day to that challenge.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, ACT Policing officers have done the same, going above and beyond to support the community, often in difficult circumstances. Our officers have demonstrated high levels of commitment and dedication in response

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