Police bestow awards
STORIES of bravery, dedication and professionalism were heard at the Tweed Heads PCYC this morning at a Tweed Byron Local Area Command police award ceremony.
More than 30 officers were honoured for commitment to the force through long service, or dedication to their duties through professionalism and tenacity in difficult and dangerous situations.
Where some officers had served the force for 25 years, others had shown bravery beyond what is expected just months into their service.
Certificates of appreciation were also given to Elizabeth Uren and Wayne Hickey for assisting police in the arrest of an offender who had damaged properties in Murwillumbah.
Sergeant Mal Kentwell said the pair had followed and chased the potentially dangerous offender, tackling and detaining him until police arrived.
He told stories of officers who had scaled cliffs to prevent suicide attempts and talked down armed offenders.
Tweed Byron Superintendent Stuart Wilkins said police often showed an inspiring level of commitment to the force but were seldom recognised.
"This is a special day for Tweed Byron Local Area Command," Supt Wilkins said.
"I am sure you are as proud as I am to see these officers rewarded for their bravery and dedication."
Northern Region Commander Assistant Commissioner Carlene York acknowledged family and friends who attended the ceremony by reminding them they were helping officers do their jobs everyday.
She said hearing the stories of professionalism and bravery inspired her own dedication to her work.
"You are the faces, the stories and the examples of excellence," Assist Comm York said.
"Thank you for your inspiration."
Special guests also included Tweed MP Geoff Provest, Dr Michael Armstrong appearing for federal MP Justine Elliot and deputy mayor Phil Youngblutt,