Hats off to our heroes

WHEN senior constable Mick Daley was badly beaten and could not get to a hospital by himself, he quickly learnt how important family can be.

A lone policeman patrolling the vast expanses of western NSW, sen const Daley was beaten temporarily blind by a drunk man who he had tried to remove from a pub.

Nursing a bruised and bloody face, his young wife Rebecca came to his rescue dressed in a nightgown and drove him to hospital.

"Family are most important. Out west when I had no-one else Rebecca was my deputy in her dressing gown," he said.

Receiving a police medal for 10 years service in the force yesterday, the now Tweed Heads-based sen const Daley paid tribute to his family for making work worthwhile.

"Jack is only four but he's interested in it. He says he is going to be either a fireman or policeman," he said.

"He really just likes the hat."

There is much more to policing than just the hat, as many locals found out yesterday at the annual Tweed Byron police award ceremony in Banora Point.

Dozens of local police received a swag of medals to commemorate 10 and 15-year service stints, diligence in their job and demonstrated dedication.

Community members were also honoured for their assistance to police, and in some cases, for some of their own crime fighting.

Local Area Commander Tim Tarlington said the large number of people honoured confirmed just how dedicated and experienced the local force was.

"These guys do a difficult job well. To compare it with other areas you just have to look at the experience level here, our capabilities and confidence," he said.

"The measure of our command's success is in crime reduction and our targeting of individual groups that cause angst."

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