'Proud and humbled' - Ex-Peel police officer receives inaugural Aboriginal Service Medal

An Indigenous police officer who has worked in Mandurah, Pinjarra and Waroona has been recognised for his commitment to the WA police force.

WA police commissioner Chris Dawson launched a Reconciliation Action Plan on May 28 in an effort to reconcile with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This included the award of Aboriginal Service Medals to outstanding Indigenous officers.

Detective Senior Constable Chris Macauley was one of those recognised.

He joined the police force in 2008 and has been stationed at Mandurah, Pinjarra and Waroona in the past. He is currently based in Albany.

Senior Constable Macauley said he was "proud and humbled" to be one of the inaugural award recipients.

"It's a very proud moment for Aboriginal people and a long time coming," he said.

"I think it's about acknowledging who we are and where we come from. Hopefully we can start building those bridges and see things move forward.

"I think it set a very strong signal. Aboriginal people have been in the police force for a very long time and been a big influence in the police.

"Hopefully it shows young Aboriginal people that they can come forward and give policing a go - I'd like to see more Aboriginals in the force."

Mr Dawson said WA police's efforts at reconciliation were in an effort to forge a united future.

"As an agency, we recognise the need to collectively enhance our knowledge and respect for Aboriginal history, culture and traditions, and acknowledge their custodianship of our State," he said.

"This Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrates it is a priority for us to build relationships and mutual respect with Aboriginal people and embed these intentions into our agency's culture and service."