NQ Police Officer of the Year Award A sense of justice
NOMINATED: Detective Senior Constable Jason Hancock F O R D e t e c t i v e S e n i o r - Constable Jason Hancock, nothing beats bringing a criminal to justice.
It is that determination that has earned the Criminal Investigation Branch detective a nomination for the T o wn s v i l l e B u l l e t i n NQ Police Officer of the Year Award.
Sen-Const Hancock has played a role in solving some o f N o r t h Q u e e n s l a n d ’ s biggest crimes, including m u r d e r s a n d a r m e d robberies.
However, he considers his career highlight the arrest of Rodney Sean James-Owen, the man who ran over and crippled cyclist Vicki Porter in a cowardly hit and run in 2007.
Sen-Const Hancock travelled to Victoria to arrest James-Owen after a long and complicated investigation.
But it was his doggedness and determination in pursuing the person who robbed and bashed a 72-year-old woman in her back yard in early 2010 that earned the nomination.
Rotary Club of Townsville S u n r i s e m e m b e r J o h n Gough said he had heard through his club the matter was not being investigated thoroughly enough so after contacting the police, he was put on to Sen-Const Hancock who said he would take responsibility for catching the person responsible. After a few weeks of investigation, a woman was arrested and charged over the robbery.
‘‘ I know it was his job and all police officers work hard, but it was like he went above and beyond the call of duty,’’ Mr Gough said.
Sen-Const Hancock said he had always wanted to be a police officer and had found his calling as a CIB detective.
‘‘ I enjoy the bigger investigations, they give me more satisfaction,’’ he said.
‘‘ It’s a very challenging job with a varied job description – not only do we investigate, but we organise witnesses at court matters, manage crime scenes, manage witnesses and a lot of behind-thescenes stuff people don’t know about.’’
But despite what could appear to be a frustrating and t hankless j ob, Sen-Const Hancock said he would not have it any other way.
‘‘ It’s just a matter of waiting and the arrest will come – you’ve got to be more patient than anything else,’’ she said. ‘‘ If you get frustrated you should be doing something else.’’
This year’s NQ Police Officer of the Year will receive a family holiday valued at $ 4000 and a watch from Loloma Jewellers. The winning officer’s station will receive a coffee machine, while the person who nominated the officer will win an iPod.
Nominations can be made before April 2 by logging on to www. townsvillebulletin. com. au.