Nine News WA Police Excellence Awards
Channel Nine Perth and the Western Australia Police Force are excited to announce the winners of this year’s Nine News WA Police Excellence Awards, who were presented with their certificates and prizes at a special breakfast event at Crown Perth this morning.
The winner of the individual category was Detective Sergeant Gina Horch, from Karratha Detectives who has dedicated her time in the Pilbara District to cultivating a safe and trusting environment for juvenile victims of sexual abuse to come forward and report incidents, both historical and current.
The winners of the team category were the Midland Police CBD Team, from the Central Metropolitan District for actively immersing themselves into the community to target significant antisocial behaviour and theft offences in the Midland CBD.
Finalists in the individual category were:
- Sergeant Jeremy Fricker - Laverton Police Station, Goldfields Esperance District
- Sergeant Rachel Greene - Wembley Police Station, Central Metropolitan District
Get to know the individual category finalists and winner:
Finalists in the team category were:
- Ravensthorpe Police Station – Great Southern District
- Wyndham Police Station – Kimberley District
Get to know the team category finalists and winner:
Detective Sergeant Gina Horch
Multiple nominations were received for this officer – most of which were from WA Police Force colleagues who describe her as a great role model, leading by example and showing respect, fairness and openness when dealing with victims and their families.
Detective Sergeant Horch heavily involves herself in the community, gaining trust and building rapport with the locals. She shows empathy when dealing with young children and patience and persistence is evident.
Detective Sergeant Horch is always striving to do her best and has built collaborative relationships with other government and non-government agencies in the area to assist vulnerable victims within the community.
She has raised confidence in the WA Police Force by her leadership, passion and tireless dedication and has recorded an exceptionally high amount of convictions for the towns of Roebourne and Karratha.
Midland Police CBD Team
This team was put together to target significant anti-social behaviour and theft offences within the Midland CBD. The three constables within the team have immersed themselves into the community, building public confidence and trust and rapport with business owners who often call them direct for assistance.
The officers are highly motivated, engaging and have a genuine desire to protect the community and improve the safety and wellbeing of persons attending the Midland CBD area. They have instigated a number of initiatives which challenged the norm and produced great outcomes, including a reduction in crime in the area.
They focus not only on targeting offenders but on redirecting them to counselling or other avenues to assist them to curve their pattern of behaviour. These officers have also proactively become mentors of youth they have had dealings with and attempted to guide them into meaningful studies. They have had a huge impact on the local community, receiving positive feedback from numerous stakeholders and significant changes in the CBD are evident as a direct result of their efforts.
About the Awards
The awards are judged by a panel according to criteria including excellence in a policing role, the core WA Police Force values of honesty, respect, fairness, empathy, accountability and openness, as well as the extent to which nominations raise the public’s confidence in policing.
The winner of the individual award receives a $5,000 prize and the two finalists each receive a $1,000 prize courtesy of sponsor P&N Bank. The winning team receives a $5,000 prize and the two finalists each receive a $1,000 prize courtesy of sponsor Nine News Perth, to be spent on team development.
The WA Police Force would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate an individual police officer or a police team this year.
The Awards recognise the hard work all police officers contribute to our community. The officers nominated highlight that police work is both varied and challenging and greatly affects people from all walks of life. Policing is not only a job; it is a way of life. Recognising a police officer or police team with a nomination reinforces that members of the police are not simply uniforms, but also community members who share the same concerns as others.
WA Police Commissioned Officers (Inspector rank and above) are not eligible for the Awards.
Who judges the Awards?
The judging panel includes representatives from our sponsors, Nine Perth, Crown Perth, P&N Bank, 882 6PR and senior police, who will validate the claims and provide advice to the panel on the officers’ suitability for the Awards.