AWARDS

2022 Excellence in Policing Awards

ACWAP AWARDS

2022 Excellence in Policing Awards Criteria

The Australasian Council of Women and Policing Inc. (ACWAP) is calling for nominations for its 23rd Annual Excellence in Policing Awards. Nominations for awards close on 18 July 2022.

The Purpose of the Excellence in Policing Awards

The Awards for Excellence in Policing are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge and reward the achievements of women and men who are contributing to improving policing and law enforcement and ensuring services are enhanced for women in our communities. The Awards acknowledge the work being undertaken in Australasia to ensure that women’s concerns and needs are considered by policing and law enforcement.

The ACWAP committee recognises the valuable work being undertaken by members representing and supporting First Nations, Indigenous communities, LGBTIQ+ members, people from different cultures, backgrounds, abilities and disabilities and encourages their nomination for these awards.

Audrey Fagan Memorial Award

Please note: direct nominations for this award are not accepted

At the time of her death, Assistant Commissioner Audrey Fagan APM was the ACT’s Chief Police Officer. She was a great supporter of the Australasian Council of Women and Policing. The Audrey Fagan Memorial Award recognises outstanding women who have shown exceptional qualities as a mentor, role model and leader in policing or law enforcement.

The criteria the Awards Committee considers are:

  • have displayed exceptional qualities as a mentor; and
  • being viewed as a role model to the policing and/or law enforcement community; and
  • have contributed to the recognition and enhancement of women in the workplace; and
  • have shown commitment and support to the profession

Bev Lawson Memorial Award

Current or former female employees of an Australasian policing or law enforcement or justice sector agency may be nominated for this Award.

The Bev Lawson Memorial Award recognises the most outstanding woman who has been a trailblazer in any policing or law enforcement activity or support service.

Areas of particular focus include how the employee has achieved a real change in workplace culture and mindset and empowered both women and men within policing law enforcement to advance gender equality and improve policing and law enforcement for women.

The Award is in honour of the ground-breaking achievements of Bev Lawson, who as Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Police was Australia’s most senior woman in policing until her untimely death in 1998.

The criteria for the Bev Lawson Memorial (Trailblazer) are to have:

  • been a trailblazer in a particular area, field, or endeavour; and/or
  • had a significant impact in changing workplace culture and mindset to empower women and men to advance gender equality; and/or
  • implemented or enforced employment policies and practices that have had a demonstrated impact on redressing gender discrimination in areas such as recruitment, promotion and mentoring; and/or
  • made a significant contribution to that area, field, or endeavour; and
  • paved the way for women who follow; and
  • encouraged and supported other women in policing or law enforcement to develop their skills and abilities.

2021 Winner – Sandra Venables

Download the Bev Lawson Memorial Award Nomination Form 2022.

Integrity and Courage Award

Current or former female employees of an Australasian policing, law enforcement or justice sector agency may be nominated for this Award.

The Integrity and Courage Award seeks to acknowledge the moral courage, integrity and commitment required to challenge the status quo, speak out and break biases that negatively impact on women.

It includes resolving conflict or situations that require challenging established beliefs or practices and/or protecting others who are negatively affected by unlawful, discriminatory, or unethical practices or events. It recognises fortitude and the ability to reflect on the consequences of actions, to analyse their risks and long-term damage, and where the outcome brings about significant positive change for the parties involved.

The criteria for the Integrity and Courage Award are to have:

  • challenged the status quo, spoken out and/or broken biases that negatively impacted on women; and/or
  • resolved or intervened a situation or series of incidents to protect others; and/or
  • protected and cared for others involved using innovative and non-traditional responses; and/or
  • sought a resolution which had the potential to bring about significant change and positive impact.

2021 Winner – Kate Maxwell

Download the Integrity and Courage Award Nomination Form 2022.

Most Outstanding Female Leader Award

Current or former female employees of an Australasian policing, law enforcement or justice sector agency may be nominated for this Award.

The criteria for the Most Outstanding Female Leader are to have:

  • shown dynamic and innovative leadership; and
  • mentored, supported, and provided guidance to others in policing or law enforcement, particularly women; and
  • contributed significantly to her profession or community; and/or
  • improved policing or law enforcement for women.

2021 Winner – Melanie Aitken

Download the Most Outstanding Female Leader Award Nomination Form 2022 here.

Most Outstanding Female Investigator Award

Current or former female employees of an Australasian policing, law enforcement or justice sector agency may be nominated for this Award.

The criteria for the Most Outstanding Female Investigator are to have:

  • tangibly improved how criminal investigations respond to crimes against the community and/or how they interact with female offenders; and/or
  • outstanding on-the-job performance in a criminal investigation role; and
  • mentored, supported and/or provided guidance to others within policing or law enforcement, particularly women; and
  • enhanced the profile and professionalism of women in policing or law enforcement.

2021 Winner – Kylie Bell

Download the Most Outstanding Female Investigator Award Nomination Form 2022 here.

Most Outstanding Female Administrator Award

Current or former female employees of an Australasian policing law enforcement or justice sector agency may be nominated for this Award.

The criteria for the Most Outstanding Female Administrator are to have:

  • provided effective and gender sensitive administrative, policy development, management, human resource management, or information and communications technology support to policing or law enforcement; and
  • mentored, supported and/or provided guidance to others in policing or law enforcement, particularly women; and/or
  • a demonstrated impact on improving the delivery policing or law enforcement services to women.

2021 Winner – Marina Simoncini

Download the Most Outstanding Female Administrator Award Nomination Form 2022 here.

Most Outstanding Female Practitioner Award

Current or former female employees of an Australasian policing, law enforcement or justice sector agency may be nominated for this Award.

The criteria for the Most Outstanding Female Practitioner are to have:

  • shown a tangible commitment to improving the delivery of policing or law enforcement services to women in the community; and
  • mentored, supported and/or provided guidance to others within policing or law enforcement, particularly women; and
  • enhanced the profile of women in policing or law enforcement; and
  • made a difference for other women.

2021 Winner – Kim Crimmins

Download the Most Outstanding Female Practitioner Award Nomination Form 2022 here.

Most Outstanding Female Intelligence Practitioner Award

Current or former female employees of an Australasian policing, law enforcement or justice sector agency may be nominated for this Award.

The criteria for the Most Outstanding Female Intelligence Practitioner are to have:

  • tangibly improved how intelligence practitioners contribute to harm prevention and deliver improved intelligence pathways; and/or
  • an outstanding on-the-job performance; and
  • mentored, supported and/or provided guidance to others within policing or law enforcement, particularly women; and
  • enhanced the profile and professionalism of women intelligence practitioners in policing or law enforcement.

2021 Winner – Bianca Handyside

Download the Most Outstanding Female Intelligence Practitioner Award Nomination Form 2022 here.

Excellence in Law Enforcement Initiative for Women in the Community Award

This Award is open to a group, unit, or agency in Australasia that has improved policing or law enforcement for women.

This Award recognises initiatives to improve policing and law enforcement for women. It acknowledges the excellent initiatives that exist within the community, policing and law enforcement to improve women’s lives and safety, and women’s capacity to contribute to the community. This Award aims to highlight the work being done by groups from organisations such as domestic violence crisis services, women’s services, community policing units, law enforcement agencies’ service delivery units, and activists who are working to bring together women and those charged with protecting human rights.

The criteria for the Excellence in Law Enforcement Initiative for Women in the Community are to have:

  • had a significant positive impact on how women are able to access the justice system through policing or law enforcement; and/or
  • improved the outcomes for women who access policing or law enforcement and the justice system; and/or
  • built relationships that further women’s justice and policing interest; and/or
  • enhanced networks between law enforcement and the community.

2021 Winner – Project SKYWARP

Download the Excellence in Law Enforcement for Women Initiative Award Nomination Form 2022 here.

Excellence in Law Enforcement in the Pacific Region Award

To be eligible for this Award, nominees must be from a country identified as part of Polynesia, Melanesia or Micronesia, excluding Australia and New Zealand.

This award will publicly acknowledge and reward the achievements of women and men who are contributing to making policing and law enforcement better for women in the Pacific region.  It recognises the excellence that is being developed and currently exists in policing and law enforcement.

The criteria for the Excellence in Law Enforcement in the Pacific Region are to have:

  • developed or implemented an innovative and flexible solution that has significantly improved policing or law enforcement for women in the Pacific region; and
  • mentored, supported and/or provided guidance to others within policing or law enforcement, particularly women; and
  • significantly contributed to the improvement of policing or law enforcement outcomes for women in the Pacific region.

2021 Winner – Eileen (Rose) Nala

Download the Excellence In Law Enforcement in the Asia Pacific Region Award Nomination Form 2022 here.

Excellence in Research on Improving Policing and Law Enforcement for Women Award

This Award is open to anyone in Australasia who has an interest in improving policing and/or law enforcement for women.

This Award seeks to recognise the importance of quality research that supports the advancement of policing and law enforcement and how it can better respond to women.  The award recipient will have finalised a research paper that explores how policing and/or law enforcement can be improved for women. The research may already have been published or produced for another purpose. It must however be made available in a form that can be published by the Australasian Council for Women and Policing on its website and in its journal (this can be in different format from the original research paper).

Please ensure that a copy of the research (or a link) is attached to the nomination form when it is submitted.

The recipient for Excellence in Research on Improving Policing and Law Enforcement for Women must:

  • have conducted primary or secondary contemporary research that addresses an aspect of how policing and/or law enforcement can be improved for women in Australasia; and
  • have the research available to be published, either in its original form or one that can be adapted for Australasian Council of Women and Policing in The Journal for Women and Policing and/or acwap.com.au

2021 Winner – Kate Linklater

Download the Excellence in Research on Improving Policing and Law Enforcement for Women Award Nomination Form 2022 here.

Champion of Change Award

The Champion of Change award recognises the significant role that men can play in improving policing and law enforcement for women in Australasia. These achievements are above and beyond their normal position or duties.

This award acknowledges men’s individual and/or collective influence and commitment to improving policing and law enforcement for women. It also acknowledges the importance of men’s role in increasing women’s representation in leadership within policing and law enforcement and how law enforcement is delivered to women in the community. Areas of particular focus are how the Champion has achieved a real change in workplace culture and mindset and empowered both women and men within policing and law enforcement to advance gender equality and improve policing for women in law enforcement and community.

The criteria for the Champion of Change are to have:

  • had a significant impact in changing workplace culture and mindset to empower women and men to advance gender equality; and/or
  • actively advanced policing and/or law enforcement responses to women within the community; and/or
  • implemented or enforced employment policies and practices that have had a demonstrated impact on redressing gender discrimination in areas such as recruitment, promotion and mentoring in; and/or
  • actively enhanced women’s leadership.

2021 Winner – Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil

Download the Champion of Change Award Nomination Form 2022 here.

Emerging Leadership Award

The Emerging Leadership Award recognises leadership is not related to service; role, classification or rank; but occurs when people make deliberate choices to effectively guide and nurture and invest in others.

This award recognises that leaders influence others, commit to their own and others’ personal development, have strong ‘people building’ skills and see possibilities through the introduction of innovative practices.

The criteria for the Emerging Leadership are to have:

  • shown dynamic and innovative leadership regardless of role or position; and/or
  • contributes significantly to the values of their organisation and held themselves and others to account; and/or
  • contributed significantly to her profession or community; and
  • mentored, supported and/or provided guidance to others in policing or law enforcement, particularly women; and
  • learnt from experiences and shared that learning broadly within their organisation or the wider policing, law enforcement and justice community.

No award winners as yet – first year introduced as an ACWAP award.

Download the Emerging Leadership Form 2022 here.

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