ROTARY POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Expert Police Diver wins Rotary NSW Police Officer of the Year Award (Awarded 4th November 2011)
A veteran Police diver has been named the Rotary NSW Police Officer of the Year at the second annual award ceremony held in Sydney tonight.
Sergeant Malcolm Jeffs, who has been a member of the NSW Police Force for 32 years and is the longest serving police diver, said that although police diving can be a difficult job, he finds it very enjoyable.
“I actually love it - it's the team that I work with that makes the job enjoyable, and it's doing a difficult job well that's most rewarding,” Sgt Jeffs said.
“It's about giving closure to the family of a missing person, or finding a valuable piece of evidence.”
“It is an honour to receive this award and to be acknowledged by people who I work with every day.”
Marine Area Commander Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings said Sergeant Jeffs demonstrated excellence of the highest order in leading his specialist team.
“Mal joined the divers in 1982 and has been in this section for 30 years, not only is he an expert practitioner, but he is an inspirational leader of a group of extremely professional and dedicated staff,” Det Supt Hutchings said.
“I’ve met thousands of police over my 30 years of policing and I cannot think of a better person to receive this award.”
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said all the winners demonstrated qualities of exceptional diligence and commitment.
“Every nominee is deserving of these accolades and the awards are a fitting tribute to the men and women who serve the community across the state in many different capacities,” Commissioner Scipione said.
“They indicate how much the community respects the hard work and diligence of police officers and volunteers.
“I thank Rotary Clubs across NSW for their continued recognition of police at the local level.”
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