De­tec­tive up for WA award

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A West Pil­bara De­tec­tive has been named as a fi­nal­ist in the WA Po­lice Ex­cel­lence Awards for her ded­i­cated ef­forts in bring­ing child abuse cases to light and pro­tect­ing vic­tims.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Gina Horch is one of only three of­fi­cers short­listed in the in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory of the an­nual awards, which recog­nise ded­i­ca­tion and ex­cel­lence in polic­ing ser­vice.

Pil­bara Dis­trict Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Coombes said Det-Sgt Horch was the lead in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer of Op­er­a­tion Fle­d­er­maus, the on­go­ing Pil­bara dis­trict in­ves­ti­ga­tion into child sex­ual abuse, and it had been her abil­ity to build rap­port with com­mu­nity mem­bers that had made vic­tims feel safe in com­ing for­ward.

Det-Sgt Horch is also a su­per­vi­sor at the West Pil­bara De­tec­tives of­fice.

Supt Coombes said the award nom­i­na­tion was a fit­ting recog­ni­tion for her com­mit­ment.

The award win­ners will be an­nounced at an event in Perth on De­cem­ber 7.

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