Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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