Derby Police named Team of the Year

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Despite facing tough challenges on a regular basis and a recent spike in youth crime, the team at Derby Police Station have been given an extra confidence booster.

Derby Police beat out two Perth-based squads to take out the Team Award at this year’s WA Police Excellence Awards in a breakfast ceremony held in Perth this morning.

As the sole finalist from regional WA, Derby Police Station beat out the Midland Family Violence team and Organised Crime’s Taskforce Newstead to take home the accolade.

Derby Police Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Larry Miller said he felt a lot of pride for the team to be recognised by the community and at a state level.

“This award is all about the coppers the community sees on the street day in and day out doing the hard yards,” he said.

“To have your team nominated for an award by the community, you can feel nothing but pride in the nomination.

“To win the award as well, especially when you look at those you were up against who did sensational work in their own right, the sense of pride is just overwhelming.”

Senior Sergeant Miller said winning the award as the sole regional finalist was “just fantastic”.

The good news did not stop there for WA’s North West police officers, with Sergeant Shelley Marklew from South Hedland’s Community Engagement Team taking home the Individual Award for being the driving force behind an initiative that encouraged children to keep attending school.

Both Sergeant Marklew and the Derby Police Station received a $5,000 prize, while the other finalists each received a $1,000 prize.

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