WA police officers have been recognised for their exceptional service to the community as part of Australia Day honours
Four officers were awarded the Australian Police Medal, the most prestigious medal granted to officers under the Australian Honours system, recognising diversity and scope of the state’s policing.
The four officers included Brevet Senior Sergeant Revis Ryder, Senior Sergeant Mark Fleskens, Sergeant Kylie Simmonds and Commander Stuart Bartels.
Brevet Senior Senior Sergeant Ryder currently runs WA’s first entirely indigenous police station at the Warakurna Multi-Function Police Facility, claiming that having Aboriginal Police Officers “has broken down the barriers.”
“We are approached more often now by the people who speak about the issues that affect them,” he said.
Senior Sergeant Fleskens is being recognised as the Officer in Charge of Newman Police Force, making a difference with the Newman community and Aboriginal people.
He said that the position has helped the indigenous community reduce the numbers of indigenous people in jail.
“Being in the Martu Leadership Program shows me how the Martu people are striving to make a difference and want to work with Police and other agencies to stop the cycle of incarceration and family destruction,” Senior Sergeant Fleskens said.
Sergeant Kylie Simmonds is being recognised for her role in the Pilbara District, balancing her role with her role as a foster parent.
Meanwhile, Commander Bartels is recognised as a leader and innovator with the WA Police Force since graduating as Dux of the Academy in 1985.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the officers reflected “a wide range of backgrounds and experiences” in their contribution to WA Police over the years.
“All are pioneers and leaders in different ways, with Regional WA particularly well-represented in these Australia Day Honours,” Commissioner Dawson said.
“Their stories reflect the values we all aspire to as police officers as we work together to be an exceptional Police Force for the people of Western Australia.”
He thanked them for their service.
“I congratulate and thank these officers for their dedicated service over many years, and am pleased to see them recognised this Australia Day,” Commissioner Dawson said.