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With the Maltese police left stunned by the hit-and-run assault on officer Simon Schembri, an assistant commissioner has publicly thanked a Pembroke resident for a small gesture of gratitude to the force.
During yesterday’s protest against plans for a skyscraper on the site of the former ITS, a Pembroke resident approached three police officers who were deviating traffic from the crowds and offered them cups of steaming hot coffee.
And the gesture didn’t go unnoticed, with assistant commissioner Martin Sammut taking to Facebook to publicly thank the woman.
“Your gesture may have been a small one, but it was significant and much-appreciated when you consider the sadness several police officers are passing through,” Sammut said. “I don’t know you, but as the highest-ranking officer present yesterday, I would like to thank you on behalf of my colleagues.”
On Saturday, police officers will take part in a historic rally in Valletta to express solidarity with Simon Schembri’s family and to pressure the authorities to improve their work conditions.
Announcing the rally yesterday, Police Officers’ Union president Sandro Camilleri said that police officers must be paid higher salaries and equipped with body cams and that the law must provide effective prison sentences for people who assault police officers.