Brave of­fi­cer was fresh out of academy

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - JIHAD HITS HOME -

A HERO po­lice­man who brought Fri­day’s at­tack to an end had only been in the job for three months.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice chief com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton yes­ter­day praised the ac­tions of the rookie of­fi­cer, who had only re­cently grad­u­ated from the academy and is from a fam­ily of po­lice.

His ac­tions and those of an­other of­fi­cer, who also con­fronted Has­san Khalif Shire Ali in Bourke St, have been widely praised.

The of­fi­cers did not re­quire hospi­tal treat­ment but were taken to Mel­bourne East po­lice sta­tion to be cared for.

They were last night spend­ing time with their fam­i­lies.

“Th­ese mem­bers found them­selves in a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion very quickly,” Mr Ash­ton said.

“They acted very bravely. They en­deav­oured to do their job and they did that pretty ef­fec­tively and bravely. They fol­lowed their train­ing re­ally well (and) I’m proud of their ef­forts.”

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son com­mended the of­fi­cers.

“I praise the brav­ery of the po­lice who were on the scene and took ac­tion, and those who self­lessly came to the as­sis­tance of the in­jured and pro­vided com­fort to the dis­tressed,” he said.

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