Police officers praised at awards dinnner

Police officers from the St Marys command had no problems finding their most satisfying career moments at the Awards dinner last night.

In fact the ten finalists for the police office of the year awards for 2013 - who covered strong peer support, helping victims and catching criminals as some of their most  convincing reasons for being  in the job — had trouble picking one defining moment out of many.

‘‘Police get involved in work most people would like to ignore,’’ guest speaker Commissioner NSW Police Force Andrew Scipione told the 200-strong audience.

‘‘Policing throws up its challenges which is why we need the support of the community,’’ he said.

‘‘These people have been nominated because of their courtesy and dedication.’’

Mr Scipione also praised Rotary for its support of the awards, commenting that the clubs and the police share a vision for as afer community.

His thoughts were echoed by Greg Peters, Superinntinedent St Marys LAC, who said the fact that the nominations for the award covered a range of policing reflected the excellent work done by all officers at the station.

‘‘Police officers often come under scrutiny because of social media but tonight is a time for them to recognised and praised,’’ he said.

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