Detective up for WA award
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.