Thanks to police, public servants who handled Sydney siege

Emergency services officers have been praised for their efforts in ending the deadly Martin Place siege, with thanks also for public servants involved in the response.

Emergency service workers and other public servants co-ordinating the response to the deadly Martin Place siege in Sydney have been praised for their efforts.

Two hostages died when police stormed the Lindt cafe in the early hours of Tuesday, killing the gunman Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis. Tributes are being paid to the slain cafe manager Tori Johnson and mother and barrister Katrina Dawson.

Premier Mike Baird has paid tribute to the hundreds of police and emergency services staff involved in the 16-hour hostage situation. Abbott praised their “courage and professionalism”.

NSW Police wasn’t able to provide information on the number of personnel involved for operational reasons. But a spokesperson told The Mandarin the exercise involved officers attached to Sydney City Local Area Command and surrounding metropolitan local area commands, with assistance from specialist officers attached to the Tactical Operations Unit, Public Order and Riot Squad, Dog Unit, Aviation Support Branch, Police Rescue and trained negotiators.

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