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Police at the forefront of Australian counter-terrorism

We return to Parliament with major changes to help police combat and interrupt acts of terrorism.

This puts NSW at the forefront of Australian counter-terrorism measures, allowing police to put terrorism suspects in detention and question them when they are satisfied investigative detention could respond to, or prevent, a terrorist attack.

Curtis Cheng, a much-loved member of the NSW Police family, is the enduring face of the police victims of terrorism.

His death is a pointed reminder of how responsive this government must be to the environment we live in, one in which terrorism has become a credible threat to our everyday way of life.

Following Mr Cheng’s death at Parramatta Police Station last year, 75 people were working 24 hours a day investigating one man, from the time of his arrest on 7 October until he was charged on 15 October.

Four other people, who police allege acted in a terrorist cell with the 15-year-old who murdered Mr Cheng, faced Goulbourn Court last week.

This investigation is testament to our police who are faced with an evolving and increasingly complex era of terrorism.

As those allegedly behind Mr Cheng’s death were locked up in Goulburn’s Supermax Prison last week, a few kilometres away at Goulburn Police Academy, I welcomed new probationary constables taking their attestation and joining the ranks of the NSW Police.

The new recruits will go to many different areas with about 15 per cent of the new intake to join LACs from Barrier, Deniliquin and Barwon to Oxley, Wagga Wagga and New England.

But no matter where they go, they will face challenges in their career that the NSW Police have not faced ever before. Our frontline police keep our communities safe in times of danger but because of this important role they are now a target themselves.

I told our new recruits that the NSW Police Force derives its motto from the Latin phrase “Culpam Poena Premit”, meaning “Punishment follows swiftly from crime”.

While it’s up to our police to swiftly investigate crime and protect the community, it is up to this Government to act swiftly to create the laws they need to protect all of us - and all of them.

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