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‘Would a global constabulary prevent
pre-emptive military strikes?’
New College Lectures 2003
Dr Tom Frame, Bishop to the Australian Defence Force
Friday, 5 September
New College, UNSW
When I was boy growing up in Wollongong, I trusted in the incorruptibility and impartiality of the NSW Police, and in the dignity and integrity of serving officers. I believe that I was justified in doing so. On the several occasions the police were called to our home after my father was violent towards my mother, I felt safe with the police because they represented, among other things, fairness and reason, consistency and compassion. My confidence in the force was later shaken by the conduct of officers like Roger Rogerson and by the revelations of the Wood Royal Commission, but after teaching the subject “Police Ethics” at the Police College in 2001-2, I am now convinced the ordinary police officer is a honourable and decent human motivated by a desire to contribute to society.