Hills students to meet Police Commissioner

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione will meet with student leaders from the Castle Hill electorate over dinner this Thursday.

The one-on-one time at Criniti’s Italian restaurant in Castle Hill has been organised as part of a new leadership program launched by Castle Hill MP Dominic Perrottet late last year.

‘‘It will be a great opportunity for the young students to hear and learn from the experiences of his time as a police commissioner but also his life journey as a father and as a community advocate,’’ Mr Perrottet said.

The 16 year 12 students chosen for this program will walk the arduous 90-kilometre Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea during Schoolies Week.

Click here to read why the walk will be particularly significant for Callum Oldfield.

But before school finishes up, the student leaders will meet some of Australia’s finest leaders at a monthly dinner, including Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly, NSW Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Bathurst, and former Prime Minister John Howard.

Thursday’s dinner is the first in this series.

Mr Perrottet, the only other non-student who will be attending the dinner, said he hoped through this program to give students a ‘‘positive alternative to schoolies... [to live] out the values which embody the Kokoda spirit — courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice’’.

Commissioner Scipione is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal and the National Medal.

He joined the NSW Police in 1980 following a period of employment with the Australian Customs Service.

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