Assistant Commissioner Hartley appeals to Hawkesbury community to share road safety responsibility  


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Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol, today urged the community in the Hawkesbury to share with police the responsibility of reducing road trauma.

“Don’t let the road take its toll. One person has died on the roads in the Hawkesbury this year, one too many” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“That is why we’re here today. We care and we have come here to show you we are together in this, we are united in your pain and we need you to share the responsibility of reducing road trauma.

“We are embarking on a journey through NSW to show our commitment to safer journeys and appeal for your help.

“Our officers will do all they can, and we want you, the driver, passenger, rider and pedestrian to do what you can to achieve that result,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“Tight-knit communities such as this one feel the pain perhaps even more deeply when tragedy strikes. There might be someone here who has lost a loved one on the road and that loss leaves a mark on an entire community for a very long time.

“216 people have died on NSW roads this year. It’s not enough to hear us, we need you to act, to work with us to end this tragic, and often avoidable, loss of life on our roads.

“Let’s all slow down, not drink or take drugs and drive, ignore the mobile phone, buckle up, take frequent rests and watch out for each other.

“We understand that driving on country roads is different than driving on city roads.

  • Drive to the conditions, not just the speed limit.
  • It takes longer to stop on gravel roads and it’s easy to lose control.
  • Expect the unexpected. Tractors or animals might be just around the corner.
  • Don’t swerve for animals. Brake, flash lights and use the vehicle’s horn.
  • Remember, country road conditions change rapidly.

“This is not about fines, demerit points, suspensions or infringements. This is about the difference between living and dying, life and incapacitation.

“This is a plea to every road user to do the right thing, to arrive safe to the family.

“It is a plea for patience, common sense, sound judgement and wise decisions.

“We are conducting more drug and alcohol tests utilizing more kits;

“We have dedicated officers working around the clock to reduce road trauma;

“We have safer cars and better roads;

“But they are all in vain if we don’t take personal responsibility on our roads,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

NSW Police welcomes legatees to walk a day in police shoes
NSW Police welcomed a special group of police legatees to spend a day walking in the shoes of a police officer at the Marine Area Command in Balmain.

Tuesday 5 July 2016 was the third annual NSW Police Force and NSW Police Legacy Community Awareness in Policing Program (CAPP).

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn joined the Customer Service Program team, who hosted the group of 22 participants, which included 21 police legatees and one supporter.

During the program, the group will witness demonstrations from specialist units, including the Marine Area Command, Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, Forensic Services Group, and the Dog Unit.

The inaugural Police Legacy CAPP – held in 2014 – was deemed a great success, and showed that while police legatees already have a working knowledge of the daily challenges of police, each of them walked away having learned something new and valuable.

Deputy Commissioner Burn said the Police Legacy CAPP provides participants with a unique behind-the-scenes look at day-to-day policing.

“We’ve now seen in consecutive years how this program can effectively give people a fresh perspective of policing and a new appreciation of what police experience each day on the job,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

“Every participant will have the opportunity to speak with officers of all ranks and from right across the organization, giving them an interesting insight into the range of roles officers perform within the Force.

“It’s a great way for the police legatees to see first-hand what is happening in the Force, see the changes and developments we are making and remain involved in contemporary policing,” Deputy Commissioner Burn said.

“These participants are very special to us – each of them will always be a member of the extended police family – and we’re very honored to welcome them to the program.”

Further information on CAPP can be found at

The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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