ACWAP Awards 2009

The 11th Annual Excellence in Policing Awards were presented at a gala dinner on Tuesday 25 August 2009 at Government House, Perth, Western Australia as part of the sixth Australasian Women and Policing Conference: Making it Happen! held at the Duxton Hotel.

Most Outstanding Female Administrator

Bernadette Martin
South Australia Police
An outstanding commitment to improving policing services for women through her devoted leadership, mentoring and innovative problem solving. She has developed best practice in providing policing services to women through policy review.

Hellweg Bravery Award

Julie Middlemiss
New South Wales Police Force
Inspirational for her outstanding leadership, loyalty, professionalism and courage to “tackle the very uphill battle” and overhaul the entrenched behaviours of staff, instilling fair and equitable practices to set the standards ensuring accountability, and integrity were foremost within the NSWPF Dog Unit.

Austral Media – Excellence in Policing in the Asia Pacific Region

Tinol Pakipon
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
An outstanding, passionate and dedicated detective who is respected throughout PNG, and is internationally renowned as an expert on sexual offence investigations in PNG. He is a professional, honest, and reliable police officer who throughout his career has strived to uphold the law whilst providing a valuable service for victims.


Austral Media – Most Outstanding Female Investigator

Bronagh Gillespie
Queensland Police Service
A great role model to the women in the indigenous communities she polices, providing strength as well as intellectual and emotional guidance to fellow women officers, wives and partners of male police officers.

Excellence in Policing for Women Initiative

Susan Clark and Tania Farha
Victoria Police
Susan Clark: Demonstrated leadership, commitment and passion, during a time of major reform, by driving internal and external initiatives and challenging attitudes which have improved police responses to violence against women.
Tania Farha: Outstanding dedication, courage and leadership to achieve Organisational reform which has provided improved police responses to women affected by family violence and sexual assault.

Western Australia Police Association – Most Outstanding Female Practitioner

Caroline Hill
South Australia Police
High performance and diligence in the handling of victim oriented matters. She is the leader and the person that not only police officers but also members of the public go to in regards to women’s concerns and matters of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Maureen Bickley Centre for Women in Leadership and Management – Most Outstanding Female Leader

Anne MacDonald
Queensland Police Service
Continually seeks to make a difference in the world – the policing world and the community through assisting others, managing and leading with tenacity, strength of will, commitment, integrity, with strong values and by attempting the impossible. She will never give up.

Audrey Fagan Memorial Award

Anne MacDonald
Queensland Police Service
Continually seeks to make a difference in the world – the policing world and the community through assisting others, managing and leading with tenacity, strength of will, commitment, integrity, with strong values and by attempting the impossible. She will never give up.

Bev Lawson Memorial Award

Tracy Linford
Victoria Police
Outstanding leadership and management in driving a positive change of workplace culture at the Victoria Police Centre for Investigator Training and restoring the School to the leading institution in Australia for the provision of specialist investigator training.