26 September 2023

Police give Kenny time off for virus

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ACT Policing has temporarily suspended a range of its community activities during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Chief Police Officer with ACT Policing, Ray Johnson said police involvement in community bookings for fingerprint services, community events and engagements and Constable Kenny Koala lessons had all been temporarily halted during the pandemic.

“Canberra is a safe city and ACT Policing is confident Canberrans will stay calm and take the right precautions with us in this ever-changing environment,” Chief Police Officer Johnson said.

“I also want to reassure the community should any workforce impacts occur as a result of Coronavirus, ACT Policing has established business continuity plans to manage its workforce, workplaces and systems,” he said.

Chief Police Officer Johnson said Canberra had a flexible and responsive police service that could be deployed to priority areas as needed during the COVID-19 response.

“Day-to-day policing services – where our priority is on the safety and security of our community – will continue,” he said.

“We’ll also continue to work closely with the ACT Emergency Services Agency on the frontline – together we are a strong team.”

He said all police stations in the ACT remained open, however people were encouraged to consider calling ACT Policing Operations on 131 444 as a first point of contact in a non-life-threatening emergency.

“We will remain visible and mobile on our roads and in the community in the coming weeks and months,” Chief Police Officer Johnson said.

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