Award

Pos­i­tive role model hon­oured

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE -

The of­fi­cer in charge of a po­lice sta­tion in a Gas­coyne Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity, about 480km east of Carnar­von, has been hailed a proud Abo­rig­i­nal woman and pos­i­tive role model by Mid West-Gas­coyne Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Bell af­ter her ef­forts were recog­nised at a re­cent women and polic­ing awards night.

Bur­ringur­rah Multi-func­tion Po­lice Fa­cil­ity’s Sh­eryl Jacka­marra was pre­sented with the Au­drey Fagan Me­mo­rial Award, named af­ter Au­drey Fagan, the former as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner and chief po­lice of­fi­cer of the ACT.

The award recog­nises women who have demon­strated lead­er­ship and role model qual­i­ties.

Supt Bell said Sgt Jacka­marra had a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and was more than de­serv­ing of the ac­co­lade.

“Sh­eryl has em­bed­ded her­self within the Bur­ringur­rah com­mu­nity and be­come a well­re­spected and trusted mem­ber of that com­mu­nity,” he said.

“She has demon­strated strong and con­sis­tent lead­er­ship dur­ing her time and is work­ing hard to make that com­mu­nity self-gov­ern­ing rather than it re­ly­ing on oth­ers to di­rect it.

“Dur­ing times of emer­gency, such as fre­quent floods which em­anate from cy­clones, Sh­eryl co-or­di­nates ef­forts to en­sure the com­mu­nity is safe and se­cure.”

Sgt Jacka­marra joined WA Po­lice in 2002 as an Abo­rig­i­nal li­ai­son of­fi­cer and moved be­tween the metropoli­tan and Peel re­gion of WA, be­fore un­der­tak­ing po­lice re­cruit­ment train­ing in 2005. Af­ter be­com­ing a qual­i­fied po­lice of­fi­cer, she moved be­tween Peel, Meekatharra and Kal­barri be­fore be­ing ap­pointed the OIC of Bur­ringur­rah po­lice sta­tion last year. The an­nual cer­e­mony is known as the Aus­tralasian Coun­cil of Women and Polic­ing Ex­cel­lence in Polic­ing Awards.

The Aus­tralasian Coun­cil of Women and Polic­ing Ex­cel­lence in Polic­ing Awards are now in their 20th year. Pic­tured here is Bur­ringur­rah Multi-func­tion Po­lice Fa­cil­ity Sergeant Sh­eryl Jacka­marra.

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