Due rewards for our police
MORE than 350 years of police service to the Tweed Byron community was recognised yesterday.
NSW Police medals recognising between 10 and 40 years service and Northern Region certificates of merit were presented by the Northern Region Commander Carlene York yesterday at a presentation at Southern Cross University.
“To meet all the recipients today fills me with immense pride,” Assistant Commissioner York said.
“Today we acknowledge not only years of service, but situations where officers put themselves at risk to save the lives of others.”
Tweed police Sergeant Garry Jardine received his clasp for a remarkable 40 years of service.
“It’s a lifetime, that’s for sure, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Sgt Jardine said.
Tweed Byron Commander, Superintendent Stuart Wilkins, commended Sgt Jardine for his service and dedication.
“Forty years, it’s a long time to be in public service,” Supt Wilkins said.
“He’s an inspiration to the young police constables, to be able to have such a long career in the police force. I’m very proud of him and the service he performs every day.”
Supt Wilkins also presented Tweed Byron commendation and citation awards.
“It’s an honour for both the region commander and myself to lead such a dedicated team,” Supt Wilkins said.
“Far too often members of our police force perform dangerous tasks as part of their daily duties and don’t get recognition.”
As well as receiving a 25-year Police Medal, Sergeant Alan McKittrick was awarded a certificate of merit for his professionalism during a 10– hour rescue and recovery operation on the high seas in 2009. Senior Constable Tony Palleschi was also awarded a certificate of merit for his dedication during the revival of a woman who had overdosed in Tweed Heads, saving her life.
22 people were honoured with awards, including Police Medals and Certificates of Service.