ACWAP Awards 2016
Australasian Council of Women and Policing
Excellence in Policing Awards
AUDREY FAGAN MEMORIAL AWARD
Carlene York, New South Wales Police
Assistant Commissioner Carlene York models and lives transformational leadership in action that has driven “HR – Live, Work and be Well” through the implementation of the Workforce Improvement Program across the New South Wales Police Force to the benefit of serving and former police officers, their families and unsworn colleagues.
BEV LAWSON MEMORIAL AWARD
Virginia Nelson, Queensland Police Service
Inspector Virginia Nelson, being the first and sometimes only, female commissioned officer in a rural region that covered more than 200,000 sq kms has always been an inspiration and role model to others. She has developed, implemented and delivered multiple first programs for women including, mentoring and development programs for emerging women leaders at all ranks.
Highly Commended – Sarah Yule, New South Wales Police Force
CHAMPION OF CHANGE AWARD
Bruce Giles, Australia Federal Police
Commander Bruce Giles actively engaged with female employees of the Australian Federal Police Melbourne office. He fully supported the Women’s Network, and contributed to advancing careers of female employees by funding and hosting annual Women’s Network Conference and events to get women together, actively encouraging and enabling women to raise issues that impact on them in the workplace or on their ability to advance in the organisation. The conferences were aimed at providing strategies and inspiring women to overcome any challenges they may face.
COURAGE AND INTEGRITY AWARD
Kate O’Neill, Victoria Police
Sergeant Kate O’Neill is a warrior for human rights and culture change-agent. She is inspirational and charismatic and her demonstrated personal attributes of intuition, empathy, courage, approachability and determination are recognised organisationally as instrumental in her success supporting all police recruits to feel safe, valued and succeed and in concurrence, continually challenging the long established and sometimes abused authority imbalance of instructor over trainee.
Highly Commended – Kriti Bharti, Saarthi Trust, India
SPECIAL AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO ACWAP
Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Service
Commissioner Ian Stewart is a supporter of ACWAP. Since 2013 he has provided both substantial financial and in-kind support, ie staff and office resources to assist ACWAP Excellence in Policing Awards, conferences and development seminars. Since being appointed Commissioner he has attended every year and strongly supports the QPS members who are on or have been on the ACWAP committee.
Commissioner Stewart is a strong supporter of women in policing and supports a number of leadership and mentoring programs within the Queensland Police Service, for example ‘Supporting women in Remote Locations”, “Q-Balance”, “QPS Awards for Excellence” and “Inclusion and Diversity strategy” to name only a few.
And in his own time, the Commissioner participates in numerous community forums, gift drives, programs, marches, walks, rallies and various events to raise community awareness of pertinent issues, causes and organisations, including domestic and family violence, elder abuse, mental health, safer streets, underprivileged children, LGBTI…and this list goes on.
Commissioner Stewart is also an avid tweeter and you may have witnessed a little bit of that tonight. He follows and tweets IAWP and ACWAP accounts praising the work of both organisations and sharing this information with his many followers.
Commissioner Stewart joined with the Executive of ACWAP to tender for the successful bid to the International Association of Women Police to host the 2017 International Women & Law Enforcement Conference in Cairns. The support Commissioner Stewart has provided to the planning of the conference is exceptional. In times of fiscal constraint and with no ability to have finances returned to the QPS he has provided full time employees to the project along with other resources and budgets. This event is being set up to showcase law enforcement within Australia internationally.
Therefore the Council would like to take this opportunity to publically acknowledge the work that you do and the support you provide by accepting this Special Award for Contribution to Policing.
EXCELLENCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION
Adriana Rios Guendolyn Belandres, Guam
Domestic Assault Response Team (D.A.R.T.) are the compass for the lost, a roadmap for the hopeless and a counsellor for the broken. The Guam Police Department has two Victim Advocates, Mrs Guendolyn Belandres and Mrs Adriana Rios, whose primary mission is to provide services and emotional support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. They are the liaison between the victims and the non-profit agencies, government agencies and DART detectives. The roles they play are vital but hardly recognized. They are behind the scenes attending to the victim and ensuring the pending needs and services for them are available.
Highly Commended – Ann Marie Simeon, Vanuatu Police Force
EXCELLENCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR WOMEN INITIATIVE
Multi-Agency Protection Service (MAPS) Project – Tania Sheldon, Jane Davies & Warren Manship, South Australia Police
Driving the operational implementation of South Australia’s Multi-Agency Protection Service (MAPS) at the ‘coal-face’, Detective Sergeant Tania Sheldon, Sergeant Jane Davies and Acting Sergeant Warren Manship have demonstrated commitment to service excellence, building effective working relationships, networks and partnerships across all participating agencies to promote information sharing and early intervention in high risk domestic violence matters.
Highly Commended – Tangenetyere Women’s Safety Group & Alice Springs Police, Northern Territory Police
MOST OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEADER
Catherine Cole, New South Wales Police Force
Chief Inspector Catherine Cole is helping to put a vital children’s charity on the global stage. An Australian-based, not-for profit organisation has saved the lives of thousands of children overseas who were dying due to a lack of medicine, healthcare and support. Catherine is also inspirational with her commitment and enhancement of women in the workplace and desire to see others succeed. She is respected by colleagues and employees in the organisation and the professional community alike.
Highly Commended – Zorka Dunstan, Victoria Police
MOST OUTSTANDING FEMALE ADMINISTRATOR
Karla Lopez, Victoria Police
Dr Karla Lopez has dedicated 16 years to driving change and motivating others to improve management of serious sex offenders in Victoria resulting in a significant contribution to improving the safety for women and children in our community.
Highly Commended – Louisa Tamariki, New Zealand Police
MOST OUTSTANDING FEMALE PRACTITIONER
Kareene Santoro, Western Australia Police
Sergeant Kareene Santoro is nominated in recognition of the outstanding commitment she has provided to policing through her reform of domestic violence victim support and her consistent compassion for her staff, achieving this while maintaining a meaningful work/family balance.
Highly Commended – Andrea Moran, Australian Border Force
MOST OUTSTANDING FEMALE INVESTIGATOR
Carolyn Jolly, Jessica Gilmore & Judy Goldsmith, Australia Federal Police
Federal Agents Carolyn Jolly, Jessica Gilmore and Judy Goldsmith are nominated for their tireless and unrelenting investigation codenamed AFP Operation Aqueous, which resulted in the first successful prosecution for a child trafficking offence in the state of Victoria and the rescue of four children from a sexual predator.
EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH ON IMPROVING LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR WOMEN
Jeanette Kerr, Northern Territory Police
Assistant Commissioner Jeanette Kerr has completed an original, challenging and rigorous empirical study which is becoming regarded as a highly significant contribution to this critically important field of study. Ms Kerr’s work dispels some myths about the nature of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the Northern Territory, and confirms many previously unproven beliefs. With such a large corpus of data, Ms Kerr has been able to move beyond the exploration of speculative theory to analysis based firmly on facts. Most importantly, she has used her findings to lay the foundations for policy reform.
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP