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NSW deputy police commissioner Mal Lanyon was also asked how police were ensuring they were interacting productively with multicultural communities in the southwest, where significant proportions of the population do not speak English as a first language.
Our police in those areas do an outstanding job of working with local communities right through the year. We obviously build on those networks to ensure those messages get out.
We have disseminated information about the health orders in a wide range of languages as have Health. We will continue to work with those communities to make sure they can understand the nature of the orders…
Here is a bit more from when the assistant police commissioner was asked about commentary that police were being more heavy-handed in Sydney’s southwest due to the low socio-economic and racially diverse demographic of the population there.
This is a response to the data as we know it now. So, can I just be quite clear so we can take it off the table. The virus does not discriminate and neither do police.
We put in place responses right across Sydney, right across the state in fact since the covid outbreak really now since we have been dealing with now for 18 months.