ACWAP Awards 1999

The Council presented its inaugural Excellence in Policing Awards at its 1999 conference in Brisbane.

Bev Lawson Memorial Award

Christine Nixon, NSW Police
In recognition of the leadership and responsibility she has undertaken in her role with the Council and as a friend and mentor to other women.

Bravery Award

Lisa Bailey and Rebecca Fittler, AFP
For their courage in blowing the whistle on sexual harassment within the AFP. Throughout 1994 Bailey and Fittler were subjected to systematic sexual harassment abuse and indecent behaviour by senior male colleagues in the ACT Region. When their immediate supervisor failed to act on their complaint, Rebecca and Lisa complained directly to Mick Palmer, the AFP Commissioner. This was an act of considerable determination and courage. One of their motivating factors was to ensure that such harassment did not effect other AFP staff. The subsequent investigation ran for over a year and resulted in 13 sergeants for the AFP having their employment terminated.

Most Outstanding Female Leader

Bev Lawson (posthumously), NSW Police
For her mentoring and leadership towards other women in policing throughout Australia. Bev died on 22 January 1998.

Most Outstanding Female Practitioner

Sandra Brooks, NSW Police
Excellent work with the Aboriginal community in the Redfern area of Sydney and her work during the Nyngan floods.

Most Outstanding Female Administrator

Cathy Rossiter, Attorney-General’s Department
For her work in keeping women in policing and violence against women on the national policing and law enforcement agenda.

Most Significant Achievement in Advancing the Status of Women in Policing

Jim O’Sullivan, Queensland Police Commissioner
For his commitment in providing support to the hosting of the Second Conference of Women and Policing and his support to the development of the Australasian Council of Women in Policing, despite some significant opposition from some of his peers.

Most Woman Friendly Police Association
No nominations received.

Best Police Service Employer for Women

NSW Police Service Recruiting Branch
For their innovative work in attracting women to the NSP Police through targeted advertising to women from all walks of life, including lesbian and NESB women.

Most significant achievement in improving the relationship between women in the community and policing
Barbara Kilpatrick, Director of the Manly-Warringah Women’s Refuge¬†For her work with the NSW Police.