The Western Australia Police Force's most outstanding officers and teams have been acknowledged at the annual Nine News WA Police Excellence Awards.
The winner of the individual category, sponsored by P&N Bank, was Detective Sergeant Gina Horch, from Karratha Detectives who has dedicated her time in the Pilbara District to cultivating a safe and trusting environment for juvenile victims of sexual abuse to come forward and report incidents, both historical and current.
Gina was described by those who nominated her as a great role model, leading by example and showing respect, fairness and openness when dealing with victims and their families.
Detective Sergeant Horch heavily involves herself in the community, gaining trust and building rapport with the locals.
She has raised confidence in the WA Police Force by her leadership, passion and tireless dedication and has recorded an exceptionally high number of convictions for the towns of Roebourne and Karratha.
As the 2017 winner Gina received a $5,000 prize from P&N. Gina is planning to use the prize money to put on a free community event for families in Roebourne.
The other finalists in the in the individual category were Sergeant Jeremy Fricker - Laverton Police Station, Goldfields Esperance District; and Sergeant Rachel Greene - Wembley Police Station, Central Metropolitan District; who each received a $1,000 prize from P&N.
The winners of the team category were the Midland Police CBD Team, from the Central Metropolitan District.
(L-R) Managing Director Nine Perth Ray Wardrop, Pilbara District Supt Paul Coombes, Det. Sgt Gina Horch, Commissioner Chris Dawson, Minister for Police the Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA, P&N Bank General Manager Member Experience Selina Duncalf and Crown Perth General Manager Security and Surveillance Brian Lee.
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