MIDLAND Police have been recognised for their work in reducing antisocial behaviour and crime in the region during the WA Police Excellence Awards.
The Midland Police CBD Team won the team award, beating finalists Ravensthorpe and Wyndham police stations for their active work in targeting antisocial behaviour and theft.
The team of three constables have been working with the community and local business owners in the Midland CBD to improve safety in the region – as well as instigating a number of initiatives that have helped reduced crime in the area.
Midland Police Senior Sergeant Jason Longhorn said he was like a proud parent watching the constables win the award.
He said the team dealt with retail crime and antisocial behaviour, but also were involved in helping people in the community.
“The team deal with a range of different crimes and try to find ways to prevent offending,” he said.
“We are about enforcing the law, but it’s more than that: it’s about helping people as well. Our constables have helped young offenders get back on the right track, they work with the homeless and try and find them somewhere to sleep and something to eat, and working with business owners and stakeholders to make Midland a nicer and safer place.”
Sen Sgt Longhorn said it was great to see the constables recognised for their hard work.
“I feel proud that these are our police officers for the future,” he said.
“These three constables have a passion and a desire for policing and to the community.
“It’s great to see their hard work recognised.”
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the awards were important in recognising and rewarding police officers for the work they do and it was pleasing to see that the nominations came not only from community members but also from their colleagues.
“They are trained and paid as police officers but the calibre of nominations received are a testament to the outstanding job that our officers are doing each day and to have them acknowledged in this manner just goes to show that their work is appreciated,” he said.
The winners of the individual and team awards receive a $5000 prize and the two finalists each receive a $1000 prize.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the awards recognised the outstanding commitment and dedication of police officers.
“Today’s awards are an opportunity to celebrate the exemplary work of the finalists and winners who have gone above and beyond,” she said.
“On behalf of the State Government, I want to thank all our police officers who day in, day out make an extraordinary commitment to keep our community safe.
“Your contribution is appreciated by the Government and the community.”