Initiated in Darwin as a project to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by police officers in their daily commitment to community safety, this program has been adopted by a growing number of clubs across Australia.
Its aim is to recognise outstanding acts of courage, compassion, understanding and devotion to duty provided by police officers at the local level. Awards are made annually following an extensive promotional campaign to encourage citizens to nominate officers know to have served in some outstanding capacity.
Organised and directed by Rotary clubs, the program is officially launched at a civic function attended by local dignitaries, senior police officials, the press and other community organisations. Sponsorship is sought from business houses to cover awards, presentation evening and printing.
Awards presented usually acknowledge all nominees with a framed certificate as well as the recognising the Police Officer of the Year with a plaque and replica of the perpetual trophy.
UPDATE 19th March 2012