ACWAP Awards 2008

Bev Lawson Memorial Award

Assistant Commissioner Carlene York APM
NSW Police
The first female police officer appointed as the Director Forensic Services Group, and has opened the area to women and to non-sworn staff. One. Her career has included general duties, prosecutions and investigations.

Hellweg Bravery Award

Sergeant Alisa Howard
Victoria Police
Showing exceptional courage in coming forward, providing evidence and assisting in ending the sexual predatory behaviour and associated culture that existed in the Victoria Police.

Bravery Award Highly Commended

Ms (ex Sgt) Julie Christoffel
Queensland Police Service
Knowingly placing herself at high risk in order to protect women within the community from sexual assault by a medical practitioner.

Most Outstanding Female Leader

Inspector Caroline O’Hare
NSW Police
A leader and Counter Terrorism expert with experience investigations, police negotiator, prosecutions and intelligence, degrees in policing and criminology, and a qualified solicitor who is supportive of her female colleagues and is making sure that the NSW Police is a modern police service.

Austral Media Most Outstanding Female Investigator

Detective Sergeant Kristi Faber
NSW Police
Always demonstrates excellence in investigative practice, professionalism, dedication, leadership, and achievement and consistently exceeds expectations while mentoring and motivating staff – a role model for other women.

Most Outstanding Female Administrator

Ms Lyn Rowsell
Queensland Police Service
Women’s Network Coordinator and a mentor who assists women progress and develop within the organization and worked tirelessly to ensure the Network is professional in its approach.

Most Outstanding Female Administrator Highly commended

Ms Peta Mabbs 
Western Australia Police
An outstanding and innovative leader who has addressed critical labour shortages and other HR related issues to ensure the desired workforce for the future.

Most Outstanding Female Practitioner

Sergeant Nadine Webster
Queensland Police Service
An exceptional police officer who has applied innovative strategies to prevent crime and protect women and children in Queensland.

Excellence in Policing for Women Initiative

Sergeant Kelly Lawson 
Victoria Police
An experienced police prosecutor who has been key in establishing the Family Violence Division of the Magistrates’ Court working tirelessly with stakeholders including police, court staff, Department Of Justice, legal aid and community and women’s groups to develop initiatives and operating procedures for the court.

Excellence in Research on Improving Policing for Women

Assistant Commissioner Barbara Etter
Western Australia Police
Provides a practitioner’s insight into the gendered nature of power and leadership within Australian policing and provides an insight into Barbara’s diverse career in policing, and the obstacles she has faced in her journey giving the reader valuable advice on power and influence, using her own experiences, knowledge and humor.

Excellence in Research on Improving Policing for Women Highly Commended

Ms Michelle Ray
NSW Police Association
A former NSW Police Officer whose research is keeping women on the police unions’ agenda with a discussion paper that reflects on the current status of gender in terms of equity and leadership in the workplace and challenges existing thought and practices through self awareness and language to strengthen understanding and increase participation of men in the change process.

Excellence in Employment Initiative

Western Australia Police East Metropolitan District Office
Western Australia Police
Harnessed the valuable experience and talent of women by using innovative and flexible work practices and buit on existing flexible work policies to support a senior female officer to work from home and enabling her to balance her work/life commitments and remain in employment with WA Police.

Audrey Fagan Memorial Award

Inspector Noreen O’Rourke
Western Australia Police
Inspirational with her outstanding leadership for women and their working conditions through the Women’s Advisory Network Coordinator and the union, with a wealth of police experience she is known for her integrity, determination, resilience and her ability to “rock the organisational boat”

Contribution to Policing

Commissioner Robert Atkinson APM
Queensland Police Service
Demonstrated a commitment to enhance and provide opportunities to female members with unfailing support of women related initiatives and women’s groups; the driving force of cultural change.

Contribution to ACWAP

Inspector Pamela Robson
Queensland Police
A founding member of the Council and its inaugural Treasurer, who as well as being a highly respected police officer has been instrumental to advancing the status of women in policing around Australia.

Contribution to ACWAP

Federal Agent Ann McEvoy (ret)
A supporter of the Council who has ensured that the AFP was always well represented at the Council’s activities and who has worked tirelessly to improve how women in policing in the Pacific are empowered to work to improve their status.