ACWAP Awards 2004

The 2004 Excellence in Policing Awards were were announced in Adelaide on October 2. See Issue 15 of the Journal for Women and Policing for a full report.

Bev Lawson Memorial Award

Ms Bron Steel, NSW Police
As the NSW Police’s Rural Crime Program Officer, Bron was recognised for her ground-breaking achievements for women in policing as well her significant contribution to improving the NSW Police response to rural crime. Like Bev Lawson, who as Deputy Commissioner with the NSW Police was Australia’s most senior woman in policing until her untimely death in 1998, Ms Steel has paved the way for other women in policing to follow in her footsteps.

Ms Steel’s award also demonstrates the important role that unsworn staff play in policing and policing services are fortunate to be able attract such quality unsworn staff who have such high levels of commitment, expertise and dedication. Ms Steel’s professionalism, knowledge and commitment has proven that rural policing is an area in which women can make a substantial contribution.

Bravery Award

Constable Linda Bennett, Tasmania Police
For disarming an alleged offender. With only six months operational experience, Constable Bennett confronted a man whom she had allegedly seen shoot another man. He then is said to have pointed the pistol at Constable Bennett before handing it to her and running off. Constable Bennett then locked the firearm in the glove box of the police car, called for assistance and attended to the injured man.

Most outstanding female investigator

Detective Sergeant Joanne Foley, Northern Territory Police
Recognised as one of the NT Police’s exceptional investigators. She is an expert in the area of violence against women and children and combines this work with being an advocate for women in the NT Police.

Most outstanding female leader

Superintendent Tonya Carew APM OAM, Queensland Police
During her 31 years in policing in Queensland Tonya has made significant improvements in policing for women and families. She has worked tirelessly in the community and led important reforms that have enhanced policing for women.

Most outstanding female leader – highly commended 

Inspector Janet Hope, New Zealand Police
Proven leadership skills and abilities and having made a real difference to women in the New Zealand Police.

Most outstanding female leader – highly commended 

Senior Constable Kal Jane Greenaway, Western Australia Police 
Recognised for her leadership roles in forensic science and as an advocate and mentor for women in policing.

Most outstanding female leader – highly commended 

Chief Inspector Susan Lightfoot, New South Wales Police
For her contribution to the field of Child Protection in NSW and for showing exceptional leadership during her 20 years experience in policing in NSW.

Most outstanding female practitioner

Senior Constable Lynette Balchin, Northern Territory Police
Pioneer work in remote communities and her continued enthusiasm and innovation after 26 years of service. She also contributes to the Northern Territory Police Association where she has made a significant contribution to improving the conditions for women and members in the remote stations

Most outstanding female practitioner

Ms Juanita Seymour, New Zealand Police
Innovative work in professionalising road policing intelligence and her willingness to share her knowledge with her female and male colleagues.

Most outstanding female practitioner- highly commended

Sergeant Catherine Gregory, South Australia Police
Achievements as Intelligence Supervisor of the Violent Crime Group and for her advocacy for and representation of women in the South Australian Police.

Most outstanding female practitioner – highly commended

 Sergeant Maree Foelz, Queensland Police Service
Making a difference policing domestic violence, family violence and child abuse. She has also been active in the Queensland Police Service’s Women’s Advisory Group where she developed a mentoring program.

Most outstanding female practitioner – highly commended 

Ms Pamela Scott OAM, Tasmania Police
A senior forensic scientist was recognised for her work raising the profile of and improving service delivery of forensic services in Tasmania. She is highly regarded in her field and is a positive ambassador for women in forensic policing.

Most outstanding female administrator

Federal Agent Ann McEvoy, Australian Federal Police
For turning the rhetoric about equity and flexible work practices into practice and ensuring the policies were well understood by staff and management.

Most significant achievement in advancing the status of women in policing

Western Australia Police Service Women’s Advisory Network Steering Committee
For its work in addressing the harassment and discrimination against women in the WA Police Service. The Steering Committee’s is central to ensuring that the WA Police listens to the voices of its female employees and through that is able to provide a better service to the community as a whole.

Most significant achievement in advancing the status of women in policing – highly commended

Mr Barry Matthews, former WA Police Commissioner
Leading the change in WAPol. His successes including increasing the number of women in the WA Police from 12% – the lowest in Australia – to 16%. He removed many of the barriers that prevented many women and men from making a contribution to policing and to WA Police to be representative and part of the community it polices.

Most significant achievement in improving the relationship between women in the community and policing

Senior Constable Peta Giles, South Australia Police
Working in the Crime Reduction Section improving community safety particularly with older women.

Most significant achievement in improving the relationship between women in the community and in law enforcement and policing – highly commended 

Port Adelaide Child and Family Investigation Unit, South Australia Police
For its achievements in improving South Australia Police’s response to family violence.

Griffith University Excellence in Research on Improving Policing for Women Award 

Ms Susan Harwood and Dr Joan Eveline, University of Western Australia
An integral part of the WA Police’s reform was the Redressing the Gendered Workplace Culture of Policing research and report which led to the establishment of the Equality Implementation Group which is beginning to make a real difference to sworn and unsworn women in the WA Police Service.

Best Police Service

Australian Federal Police
Putting into practice its rhetoric on flexible working conditions. In 2001/02 106 women accessed formal flexible working arrangements and in 2003/04 279 women accessed these arrangements, this does not include the informal arrangements made within teams. Reducing its attrition rates to 4% for female and 2% for male staff.

Most Women-Friendly Police Union

NSW Police Association
The inaugural winner of the Most Woman-Friendly Police Union. In the six years the National Awards have been conducted, this award has never been presented. The NSW Association was recognised for its support of its female officials and for its work in improving the conditions of service for its female members.