Kimberley crusader - High recognition bestowed during NAIDOC week
The Kullarri NAIDOC Awards are presented in Broome during NAIDOC week to outstanding Indigenous individuals within the community as part of the Kullarri NAIDOC Festival in Broome. One award is presented to a non-Indigenous person who has been noted as working towards reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Last Saturday, Kimberley District Superintendent Mick Sutherland was awarded the 2013 Kullarri Reconciliation NAIDOC Award, selected from numerous nominations received.
Superintendent Sutherland has worked in the Kimberley for 15 years in a number of positions and towns, including his current tenure as district superintendent, where he has gained the respect and friendship of local Aboriginal people.
His relationship with Kimberley elders and community leaders is reflected in the recognition provided in this award. He is the backbone of the PCYC Young Offenders Programs – changing the lives of many young people by supporting them and ensuring they have a positive future. He also has a continuous positive influence on the Kullarri Community, building a strong police relationship based on the utmost respect and sincerity.
Assistant Commissioner (Regional WA) Gary Dreibergs said the Kullari Reconciliation Award is very prestigious and Superintendent Sutherland a worthy recipient.
“His contribution to the Indigenous community and knowledge of the complexities of policing the Kimberley are the very reason he has achieved many positive results for the WA Police in his role. Policing the Kimberley requires a well developed understanding of the community, and a strong relationship with all people within that community, something that Superintendent Sutherland clearly has,” he said.