DOZENS of local police have been recognised for their service and commitment to go above and beyond the call of duty at a ceremony in the city.
New England Superintendent Fred Trench presented more than 130 medals for long-standing service to the force as well as commendations for courage and exceptional acts by officers, on and off duty, from across the New England command.
“The awards here [on Wednesday] are just a few of the many, many incidents that police have to deal with on a daily basis,” Superintendent Trench said.
“You’d think after 34 years in the police that I wouldn’t be surprised or amazed, but I continue to be amazed with what we are confronted with and I am very proud at how police deal with them.”
One of those officers was Armidale Senior Constable David Gayner who was awarded a New England citation for his work in Strike Force Romley between 2013 and 2014.
Police said Senior Constable Gayner “displayed a strong commitment to the operational objectives” in the operation which included surveillance, telephone interception and the preparation of affidavits which culminated in lengthy prison sentences.
Armidale Senior Constable Christopher Jordan was awarded a commendation for his intervention in a high-risk mental health situation after a man threatened to commit suicide at Dangar Falls in 2014.
“You engaged with the male for almost an hour and a half at which time you were able to coax him away from the ledge and into the care of health workers,” police said.
“Your excellent work prevented the situation from becoming a tragedy.”
On Wednesday, several officers from Inverell, Glen Innes, Armidale, Tenterfield and smaller stations across the command were acknowledged for their continuing service, clocking up decades in the job.
“I think it’s a small snapshot of what we do,” Superintendent Trench said.
“The awards here are just a few of the many, many incidents that police have to deal with on a daily basis.”