South West cops honoured with service medals

Shannon VerhagenSouth Western Times
First Class Constable Tim Jones, Superintendent Geoff Stewart and Inspector Peter Jenal at the awards ceremony.
Camera IconFirst Class Constable Tim Jones, Superintendent Geoff Stewart and Inspector Peter Jenal at the awards ceremony. Credit: Shannon Verhagen

The commitment and passion of WA Police officers and staff in the South West was recognised at a special award ceremony on Tuesday.

Twenty sworn officers and two staff walked away with their uniforms a little shinier after receiving National Police Service Medals for their time on the force.

South West District Superintendent Geoff Stewart said it was important to acknowledge their contributions, and also the family members who stood by and supported them.

The first name called out was Inspector Peter Jenal, who was awarded for 40 years of service.

From the red dirt of Halls Creek to the white sandy beaches of the South West, the job has taken him to about 15 different locations, in officer-in-charge, detective and country police roles.

I feel very privileged – I still have a lot of love and passion for the job.

Peter Jenal

“I’ve met a lot of people, helped a lot of people and had a lot of good comrades, it’s just a great place to work and I’m really happy.”

Some also received National Service Medals, which recognise those who have been part of a government or voluntary organisation which risk their lives to protect or assist the community.

Manjimup First Class Constable Tim Jones received one such medal, for his 15 years of service as a member of the Balingup Bushfire Brigade and most recently as a sworn officer.

He said his roles were a way for him to give back to the community, and was very happy to be receiving the medal.

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