Proud to serve - and help

TWO constables have bragging rights at work as St Marys Police Officer of the Year winners.

Constable Daniel Peen was named the community award winner for his involvement in the arrest of four men during a serious assault in Kingswood.

And only two years after he joined St Marys as a recruit, Constable Daniel Hadley was named the peer award winner for his high arrest rate.

His radio broadcaster dad Ray was among the 200 guests at last week's awards at St Marys Rugby League Club.

"Constable Hadley is constantly out performing others and his stats are far beyond others in his team and across the command," one of his nominators wrote.

"Not only does he perform at a high level, but he is also always the first to arrive on shift and the last to leave."

He recently conducted an off-duty arrest on his way home involving a violent domestic related incident he witnessed.

Constable Peen has been at St Marys since he joined as a recruit four years ago.

He was surprised to receive the award, despite being nominated by several community members for his work in solving break and enter offences.

Victims had their property returned and a number of offenders were arrested for these offences.

He and fellow finalist Senior Constable Ben Willshaw risked their lives when they were called to a Kingswood factory last August, where a victim was being held against his will.

"We were confronted by four men and, after a short altercation, we were able to arrest them and find the victim," Constable Peen recalled.

"The risk to our lives did cross my mind as we knew we were possibly going into a hostile situation.

"It's nice to be recognised for the work you do. Policing is a thankless job in one respect."

The four offenders were later convicted.

Constable Hadley hopes to specialise in proactive policing.

"My dad tried to talk me out of joining," Constable Hadley said

"I had some friends in the police making a difference and that's what I wanted to do.

"St Marys isn't the easiest command but I do different things every day, which is good."

Guests on the night included NSW Police Force Commissioner Andrew Scipione, Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford, Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas and retired St Marys Superintendent Ray Filewood.

The Rotary awards are now in their fifth year.

Awards chairman Chris Miller described the night as "absolutely brilliant".

"The highlight was seeing the camaraderie within the St Marys command between the officers and managers," he said.

"I received a lot of feedback about it. That's something money can't buy. It has to be in the system.

"Two constables won the awards, which means you don't have to be an old hat in the game."

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