WA's most outstanding cops recognised in annual awards

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WA's most outstanding cops have been recognised at the Nine News WA Police Excellence Awards.

The awards held at Crown Perth recognise police officers at both an both individual and team level who demonstrate 'exceptional dedication in service excellence to the people of WA.'

Detective Sergeant Gina Horch, from Karratha Detectives, was recognised as the state's most outstanding police officer, taking out the individual category.

The former German cop has spent the past several years in WA's Pilbara region investigating historical and current child sexual abuse cases.

She has recorded an exceptionally high amount of convictions in the towns of Roebourne and Karratha as a result of her work.

Her colleagues described her as a great role model, leading by example and showing respect, fairness and openness when dealing with victims and their families.

"I would not be here without the help of many others," she said as she accepted her award.

"The community members and elders who trusted me and gave me the opportunity to listen to them and move things forward.

"You cannot achieve anything without a strong bond between all the government agencies, other stakeholders and community members.

"Its such a hard topic to talk about and its really nice that through an award, I have the opportunity to raise awareness about the topic.

"There are many, many individuals behind me who made it possible."

Finalists in the individual category were Sergeant Jeremy Fricker of Laverton Police Station and Sergeant Rachel Greene from Wembley Police Station.

The winners of the team category award were the Midland Police CBD Team.

The three person team was recognised after they put together an operation to target anti-social behaviour and theft within the Midland CBD.

The three constables who form part of the team immersed themselves in the community, building public confidence, trust and a rapport with business owners.

Finalists in the team category were Ravensthorpe Police Station and Wyndham Police Station.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson heaped praise on the winners and finalists.

He made a point of how the team category winners had turned a particular man's life around, who had now joined the Australian military.

"That is a wonderful testament to the personal and detailed work of these officers," he said.

"They've helped shape someone's life and in turning around that community, they are worthy team winners.

"I'm seeing the results of really engaged policing, that's what the community want and that's certainly what I want."

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