NQ Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year Award A sense of jus­tice

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au Crime­busters: page 25

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.

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