ACWAP Awards 2006

The Australasian Council of Weomen and Policing’s Eighth Annual Excellence in Policing Awards were presented on 28 October at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand.

Most Outstanding Female Administrator

Inspector Mandy Anderson, Queensland Police Service
An outstanding career and a strong commitment to leading, coaching and supporting women in the Queensland Police Service

Most Outstanding Female Administrator – Highly Commended

Ms Helen Harris, New Zealand Police
Exceptional work in the Solomon Islands in a demanding and unpredictable role one that successfully allowed the 13 participating Pacific Islands to work together harmoniously. Her ability to quickly resolve problems and produce results meant she was highly regarded as a problem-solver and was highly valued amongst the NZ and Pacific contingents.

Excellence in Employment Initiative

Inspector Lesleigh Jackson, Queensland Police Service
For developing and implementing a program that identified the specific issues female police officers faced during training and assisted them to develop confidence when undertaking essential operational duties and to maintain a work-life balance.

Monash University Criminology – Excellence in Research on Improving Policing for Women Award

Dr Abby McLeod, Australian National University
Research on policing for women in the Pacific region, particularly Papua New Guinea, the cultural impediments to improving women’s status within Melanesian police services and strategies to improve the delivery of policing services to women in the community

Excellence in Policing in the Asia Pacific Region

Inspector Maryline George, Vanuatu Police Force
A mentor, friend and inspiration to the women of her police service and an inspiration to other female police officers within the Pacific Islands.

Charles Sturt University Most Outstanding Female Practitioner

Senior Constable Deborah Charteris, Victoria Police 
Dedication and determination in the delivery of policing services to the victims and witnesses of sexual assault and A positive and consistent role model to service providers.

Excellence in Policing for Women Initiative – Highly Commended

Sergeant Alan McGlade, New Zealand Police
A passionate, determined and innovative champion working to improve the reporting and reducing the incidence of domestic violence and child sexual abuse.

Excellence in Policing for Women Initiative

Superintendent Wendy Steendam, Victoria Police
For playing an integral role in the review of Victoria Police’s response to violence against women and her leadership in improving its responses to family violence.

Most Outstanding Female Leader – Highly Commended

Federal Agent Tina Westra, Australian Federal Police
For outstanding and dedicated work in the Pacific region with the establishment of a Transnational Crime Unit combined with her support and mentoring of women in the region.

Most Outstanding Female Leader

Assistant Commissioner Kathy Rynders, Queensland Police Service
A leader who has negotiated policing in her own way with a distinguished policing career; a dynamic and innovative leader who has made a real difference to how women are policed.


Leading Senior Constable Maree Bowman, Victoria Police 
For quick action that resulted in the securing of a mentally ill person without injury to the police or the person involved.


Senior Sergeant Janet Mitchell, Victoria Police
For challenging the strongly masculinised culture of the Police Association and her advocacy for women and cultural change.

Outstanding Female Investigator – Highly Commended

Detective Senior Constable Teresa Langmead, South Australian Police
Recognised for her outstanding investigation of violence against women, a role model who displays professional and strong leadership.

Outstanding Female Investigator

Senior Sergeant Megan Rowe – Northern Territory Police
An experienced police officer who has worked to improve the treatment of Aboriginal women and children at the hands of the criminal justice system as well as high profile cases. She mentors and supports other women and has made a real difference to the culture of her police service.

Contribution to Policing

Inspector Lyn Jones – Tasmania Police
Recognising an exceptional career and unwavering support of the women in the Tasmania Police.

Contribution to Policing

Federal Agent Karen Beck – AFP (retired)
A quiet achiever who made an exceptional contribution to policing locally, nationally and internationally.

Bev Lawson Memorial Award

Inspector Paula Stevens – New Zealand Police
An outstanding woman who demonstrates in her work skills and in her personal life all the attributes of a natural leader to all police members, having been the first woman in many areas she paved the way for others to follow.