Barwon LAC officers recognised during awards ceremony

Police officers from Barwon Local Area Command were honoured at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday, recognising the great work they do in our community.

Close to 20 officers and community members received awards including the National Police Service Medal, National Medal and Clasps, NSW Police Medal and Clasps, NSW Police Medallion, Certificate of Commission, Warrant of Appointment, Long Service Certificate, Certificate of Service, Region Citation, Local Area Commanders Certificate of Merit, Local Area Commanders Certificate of Appreciation, and Oath and Affirmation of Office.

Barwon Local Area Commander Superintendent Paul McDonald presented the awards and said they are held with high regard in the police force.

“It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those here today and a gesture of thanks for the work they have done and continue to do,” he said.

“It is something we hold dear in our profession, in our hearts, that we recognise the good work of our police colleagues, staff and members of the community.

“It is a great achievement and something to celebrate with family and friends.”

Supt. McDonald said he’s very proud of the work police from Barwon LAC are doing, as well as of the community’s ongoing support.

“It means a lot for a commander to be able to acknowledge, not only the work and achievements of police colleagues, but also other members of the community who go above and beyond to assist police,” he said.

“We’re achieving a lot within the command in helping to make the whole community safe.”

Of particular note was Sergeant Jason Ronczka who was honoured to receive the National Police Service Medal for 15 years diligent and ethical service to the force, the National Medal for 15 years diligent service to the community in hazardous circumstances, the NSW Police Medal and 1st Clasp for 10 years diligent and ethical service to the force, and the Warrant of Appointment for his promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

Other award recipients include Supt. Paul McDonald, Detective Senior Constable Graeme Campbell, Detective Senior Constable Ross Parsons, Senior Constable Michelle King, Senior Constable Benjamin King, Inspector Cheryl Day, Sergeant Cameron Paine, Probationary Constable Emma Gately, Constable Daniel Pascoe, Constable Peter Rajko, Probationary Constable Jenaya Bodger, Probationary Constable Alexandra Brandson, Probationary Constable Natalie Rolfe, Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer David Roberts, Father Paul McCabe and Jacquelyn Richards.