Speech at the presentation of the Rotary Club of Darwin 2019 Police Officer of the Year Award

Occasion: Presentation of the Rotary Club of Darwin 2019 Police Officer of the Year
Location: Darwin

Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen.

I am very pleased to be able to join you all this evening to acknowledge the wonderful achievement of the 2019 Police Officer of the Year.

I acknowledge the Larrakia People, the Traditional Owners of the Land and Waters that surround us here in Darwin, and pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

I thank the Rotary Club of Darwin for your ongoing commitment to the Police Officer of the Year Award.

Requiring considerable time and effort each year, the process of planning, gathering nominations, making difficult decisions and pulling these events together is not simple. Yet it is important, and much appreciated by Police members, their families and, of course, the wider community.

This initiative really does help promote positive, constructive policing.

To all members and supporters of the Rotary Club of Darwin, particularly President, Barry George, and to Squadron Leader Wayne Taylor who is MC tonight and has played an active part in pulling these events together; thank you.

Policing our Territory is a difficult job.

Our vast geography and diverse population create challenges to service delivery which can be complex. And key to coping with, and successfully working with these demanding conditions, is a proactive, connected and committed police force, characterised by teamwork, mutual support and dedication to protecting and strengthening our communities across our Territory.

I am proud that a key component of the Northern Territory Police strategy is social engagement.

We know that strong communities are safe communities. Strong communities provide the structures, support and initiatives to ensure the security and wellbeing of Territorians of all ages.

Of course strong communities don’t simply exist.

I know that NT Police work actively alongside community organisations, schools, government agencies and with members of the public to develop and maintain the strength of engagement necessary to build our positive communities.

And I know that the 2019 Police Officer of the Year embodies this commitment to building relationships through social engagement, and to educating young members of our communities to live their lives safely and responsibly.

A Territorian since 1999, this year’s recipient has made a remarkable difference to the lives of many Territorians.

Currently a School-Based Police Officer, this award is a true testament to his hard work, the trust he is able to build among both colleagues and the community, and his dedication to duty.

I know that this year’s recipient is seen as a positive, influential role model by all those who know him. Educating young people in such vital areas as cyber safety, drugs and alcohol, personal safety, community and the role of police, this person continues to contribute to ensuring a brighter future for our young Territorians.

It is an honour to announce that the 2019 Rotary Club of Darwin Police Officer of the Year, is
Senior Constable Kristian Jockers.

Thank you Senior Constable, and congratulations!