26 September 2023

Police Commissioner pulls rank on pandemic

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As the State prepares for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller (pictured) has reminded the community that their actions and behaviour may impact on the timings of the next stages.

Commissioner Fuller echoed praise for the community’s response to COVID-19 restrictions and urged people to “keep it up.”

“When Premier Berejiklian outlined the upcoming changes to COVID-19 restrictions in NSW, she included a very important message – our way forward depends on you,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“The NSW Police Force was given special powers for the pandemic in the interest of public health and safety – powers that I delegated carefully and am overseeing personally,” he said.

“I’ve been overwhelmingly pleased with community compliance.”

Commissioner Fuller said that based on the 17,000 calls Crime Stoppers had received since mid March, it was clear people wanted everyone to do their bit to stop the virus spreading.

“With 187 charges laid and 1,212 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) issued out of eight million residents, I feel that the community understands the risks of this virus and the role we all must play in protecting each other,” he said.

“If we continue to show high levels of adherence to the Ministerial Directions, we can continue to edge closer to normal life – and hopefully, sooner.” Commissioner Fuller said.

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