Cop awards recognise outstanding WA officers

JACQUI O'LEARYSound Telegraph

Rockingham Senior Sergeant Stuart Mearns has urged the community to nominate an outstanding officer in this year’s Police Officer of the Year Awards.

Sen. Sgt Mearns said a lot of police work went unnoticed by the community.

“This is why the awards are good to acknowledge those officers who work so hard in their profession,” he said.

“Some of our work is very much in the public eye and a lot of it is done quietly in the background without anyone noticing.

“There’s no such thing as a regular day for us officers and I think that is the greatest appeal of the job, as you don’t know what the day will bring.”

WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said the awards were a high-profile way for the community to acknowledge the work of outstanding police officers.

“If the community and police work together, there are no limits to what WA can achieve in terms of keeping the community safe,” he said.

Sen. Sgt Mearns said although the award was to recognise an individual officer’s achievements, it was also a reflection of every officer across the State and how they were working as a team.

Mr O’Callaghan said if the WA community know of a police officer who had gone the extra mile, he wanted to hear about it.

“There are many Western Australian police officers who do incredibly hard work, regularly displaying acts of selflessness, and put community members first,” he said.

The WA Police Officer of the Year Awards were established by the East Perth Rotary Club.

Nominations close October 28.

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