NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione (right) and NSW Premier Mike Baird answer a question during a press conference in Sydney, (AAP Image/David Moir)

Radicalisation a global issue: Scipione

Australia is constantly working to find a solution to the radicalisation of teenagers, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says.

His comments come after a 15-year-old boy of Iraqi-Kurdish background was revealed as the lone gunman who shot dead a police worker on Friday afternoon.

The actions of the boy, who was born in Iran, are linked to terrorism, police say.

After killing Curtis Cheng, who had worked in the NSW police finance department for 17 years, the boy was then shot dead outside the force’s Parramatta headquarters by officers.

Mr Scipione said finding an answer to teenage radicalisation was “the global question at the moment”.

“We just need to work out what it is that we can do to make this effective,” he said.

However, he reminded people that these attacks were the acts of a small minority.

“Simply because a person is of the Muslim faith doesn’t mean they are a terrorist. We shouldn’t be treating entire communities like they are all suspects, because that’s simply not the case,” he said.

Mr Scipione said leaders within the Muslim community had also condemned the shooting and were helping police.

“We will work with the community (and) continue to engage to look for solutions to these most difficult problems. We can never ever give up on that.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull echoed Mr Scipione’s thoughts saying any efforts to blame or vilify the Muslim community would be utterly counterproductive.

“The Muslim community are our absolutely necessary partners in combating this type of violent extremism,” Mr Turnbull said.


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