WHO KEEPS OUR GUARDIANS SAFE?
FOLLOWING the shooting of a NSW Police accountant outside Police Headquarters in Parramatta earlier this month, the real threat of home-grown terrorism hit Australia hard. Is it really so simple that a 15year-old can get his hands on a gun and walk down the street and shoot an innocent person? Moreover, an innocent victim who happened to work for the police. Those officers are the ones putting their lives on the line to keep us safe. I now generally fear for my safety. I cannot imagine how police officers feel. It is not new news that police officers are targets. But now one of their own has been killed. If I am walking around with heightened caution, I can’t imagine how the police officers feel. Perhaps they will be less and less willing to put their hand up or they won’t be talking so openly about their jobs. If it is the police who are meant to be keeping us safe, then who is keeping them safe?
Susanne Reilly- reporter