Brave officer was fresh out of academy
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.