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LAC pays tribute to the efforts of outstanding public servants
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.
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.