Put our top cop in the spotlight

THE hunt is on for the 2013 St Marys Police Officer of the Year.

In its fifth year, the awards night run by St Marys Rotary has become one of the biggest events on the St Marys police calendar, and awards chairman Chris Miller appealed for more nominations from the public.

"If you know an officer who has done a good deed, particularly in crime prevention, you should come forward to say thank you," he said.

"It gives the police an ego boost.

"Even though the work is part of their job, it's good to have their efforts recognised."

St Marys Inspector Jason Green added: "It's an opportunity to recognise those officers who are protecting the community.

"Police do a lot of good work, but [policing] is one of those occupations where they receive little recognition."

He said the awards were growing in popularity each year.

"The police were sceptical when the awards first started," Mr Miller said.

"Now, all of them want to be part of the night."

Nominations close February 17 and the two winners will be announced at the awards night.

The community winner is a nominated by the public and the peer award winner is nominated by colleagues.

There were 19 community nominations and 20 peer nominations for last year's awards, which were whittled down to 12 finalists.

The awards will be held on April 2 at St Marys Rugby League Club.

Tickets are available for $35, which includes a three-course meal.

Pick up a nomination form from the police station in King Street, St Marys or download one at: rotarystmarys.org.au.

Details: Chris Miller, 0417 409 720.

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