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LAC pays trib­ute to the ef­forts of out­stand­ing pub­lic ser­vants

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Vera Ber­tola

MT DRUITT lo­cal area com­mand’s finest of­fi­cers were recog­nised at the Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year Awards, hosted by the Ro­tary Club of Mt Druitt, at Rooty Hill RSL last Wed­nes­day.

LAC com­man­der Su­per­in­ten­dent Jeff Philippi said the eight fi­nal­ists for the awards had been nom­i­nated from among the 174 Mt Druitt of­fi­cers. “This is a chance to recog­nise the of­fi­cers who have dis­played pro­fes­sion­al­ism, un­der­stand­ing and courage,” he said.

Supt Philippi said of­fi­cers at Mt Druitt LAC dealt with ex­treme vi­o­lence, ri­ots, af­fray, trauma, death and ne­glected chil­dren.

“What peo­ple read in the head­lines, our peo­ple live and breathe it every day,” he said. “They carry out their work with com­pas­sion ... serv­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Sen-Con­sta­ble Glenn Sparham and Sen-Con­sta­ble Brett Sciber­ras shared the top Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year award.

Sen-Con­sta­ble Sparham was recog­nised for his in­ves­tiga­tive skills in pros­e­cut­ing 23 in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in a riot in Mt Druitt on April 7.

Sen-Con­sta­ble Sciber­ras man­ages the war­rants and sum­mons port­fo­lio and last year, with lim­ited as­sis­tance, ex­e­cuted 630 ar­rest war­rants and served 650 court at­ten­dance no­tices.

Con­sta­ble Sarah Moore’s work with in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sup­port­ing a blind home­less man earned her the Cus­tomer Ser­vice Ex­cel­lence Award. In­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst Claire Hum­ber­stone was the Non-Uni­formed Of­fi­cer of the Year.

Awards host Se­nior Con­sta­ble Justin O’Gor­man said just to re­ceive a nom­i­na­tion was an achievent of which to be proud.

The night raised $3500 for Po­lice Legacy.

Pic­tures: Alan Sadlier

From left: Con­sta­ble Sarah Moore and North­west Re­gion Com­man­der De­nis Clif­ford; Sen-Con­sta­ble Glenn Sparham and Sen-Con­sta­ble Brett Sciber­ras; Claire Hum­ber­stone and As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Clif­ford.

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