- Western Australia Police officers honoured for putting service above self
Police Minister Michelle Roberts today paid tribute to 78 WA police officers awarded the distinguished Police Star at the inaugural ceremony at the Joondalup Police Academy.
Similar to other policing jurisdictions, the Western Australia Police Star recognises officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
The award was introduced after much work by the WA Police Corporate Board, Medically Retired Officers Association, WA Police Union and police.
Senior Constable Matt Butcher was one of the recipients of the medal which was presented in front of the Minister, senior police, family and friends.
Senior Constable Butcher was left permanently paralysed during a brawl outside a Joondalup tavern in 2008.
The greatest loss of police life in Australia's history occurred in Newman on Australia Day 2001 when four officers were tragically killed in a plane crash.
Today, Constable Gavin Capes, First Class Constable David Dewar and Senior Constables Donald Everett and Philip Ruland were posthumously awarded the Police Star.
Medals were also awarded to several serving and retired officers who have sustained a permanent injury or illness as a result of their service.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"It was Premier Mark McGowan who in November 2015, acknowledged the need for a fitting way to honour and recognise the life and service of police officers.
"I'm proud to be here today at the inaugural ceremony and thank the WA Police Corporate Board, Medically Retired Officers Association, and WA Police Union for their work in finally making the Police Star a reality.
"I want to thank all police officers, both past and present for their loyalty, commitment and courage to putting service above self while performing their duties as a police officer in this State.
"Being a frontline police officer can be dangerous, unpredictable and at times stressful, and we should never forget the sacrifices our fine police officers make every day, to protect us and keep the community safe."
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