Senior Constable Shannon Kumar named Mount Druitt Mount Druitt LAC Police Officer of the Year

Mount Druitt's Police Officer of the Year Senior Constable Shannon Kumar, with Non-Uniform Employee of the Year Rebekah Matthews. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

Mount Druitt's Police Officer of the Year Senior Constable Shannon Kumar, with Non-Uniform Employee of the Year Rebekah Matthews. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

Senior Constable Shannon Kumar has been crowned Mount Druitt LAC Police Officer of the Year.

Senior Constable Kumar took out the top gong on Wednesday night, as Rotary Club of Mount Druitt hosted the awards for the 14th time.

Having been stationed at Mount Druitt for the last two-and-a-half years, he said he didn’t expect to win the award.

“We do get a lot of work, some days it can be a bit out of control, but it seems to work like a well-oiled machine,” Senior Constable Kumar said.

“You can’t get awards like that without everyone else doing their bit.”

Senior Constable Kumar said backlash went “hand-in-hand” with being a police officer, and his colleagues appreciated the night’s change of pace.

“You don’t always get recognition,” he said. 

Rebekah Matthews was also honoured as the Non-Uniform Employee of the Year at the ceremony at Rooty Hill RSL Club.

Ms Matthews, who has been a staple at Mount Druitt since 2005, said she had formed lifelong friendships in the job.

“Everyone gets in there and helps each other. There’s a lot of camaraderie,” she said.

Ms Matthews paid tribute to the Rotary Club, her peers and Chief Inspector Wayne McMahon.

“[The award] makes me feel valued and well-respected,” she said.

Superintendent Jeff Philippi thanked the Rotary Club for its ongoing relationship with Mount Druitt LAC.

“It’s fair to say that Mount Druitt Local Area Command provides one of the most challenging police environments in the state,” Superintendent Philippi said.

“What most people see on television or in the headlines our officers live and breathe every day. Our officers keep turning up for work as professionalism is implanted in their DNA.”

Blacktown deputy mayor Tony  Bleasdale said the awards “shined a light” on officers who often don’t get the recognition their work deserved.

“Nights like these are for the community and colleagues to recognise the outstanding police officers who go above and beyond their normal duties,” Cr Bleadale said.

“Regardless of who took home the awards, each of you is regarded as an asset to the force and set an example for others to follow.

“Thank you for your efforts in making our city a better place to live.”

Finalists:

  • Detective Senior Constable Daren Caulfield
  • Leading Senior Constable Brian Dixon
  • Leading Senior Constable Kyle Jones
  • Senior Constable Shannon Kumar
  • Leading Senior Constable Kate Mills
  • Rebekah Matthews
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