Many of the most memorable and dramatic police incidents in the history of the territory, from the tragedy of the 1997 hospital implosion and the 2003 bushfires to the 1993 siege at the Jolimont Centre, have been encapsulated in a new, hard-bound publication which celebrates 100 years of policing in the Territory.
This afternoon (Friday, June 28) AFP Commissioner Tony Negus joined Police and Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell in launching the book On Duty: Celebrating a Centenary of Policing in Canberra.
One hundred milestones — significant events and achievements over the past 100 years that have changed policing, or have contributed to the evolution of the force and the rule of law in the ACT — have been selected for the book.
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Along with this historical account of how policing, and the service itself, has changed and grown over the years, the book showcases the significant role police have played as the region transformed from a quiet, remote farming community to a bustling city and the nation’s capital.
The book can be purchased through the ACT Policing website at www.police.act.gov.au.The book costs $40, plus postage.
[Courtesy ACT Policing, photo: A traffic member with his XA Falcon sedan pursuit car – circa 1973]