Not every cop’s daily duties involve search and rescue operations for wayward tourists, operating a motor registry and grading the local airstrip for the Flying Doctor.
Senior Constable Glenn Lackenby, stationed in the state’s far west, does all that as well as the more mainstream and equally challenging tasks of attending road accidents and enforcing firearms and legislation.
In a highly competitive field, the cop from Barrier Local Area Command took home this year’s prestigious title of 2017 Rotary Police Officer of the Year.
Each year, Rotary Clubs of NSW and the NSW Police Force recognise professional excellence and dedication of service by officers and civilian staff at the NSW Police Officer of the Year awards.
Commissioner Michael Fuller and Rotary Club of Sydney president Keith Garner presented Senior Constable Lackenby with the top honour at a gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency on Friday night.
Hundreds of police officers, civilian employees, volunteers, their families, Rotarians and corporate supporters came together to recognise excellence in service across 11 categories, as well as the overall Police Officer of the Year.
Senior Constable Lackenby was also named Field Operations Police Officer of the Year.
On a tenure that was supposed to last two and a half years, he arrived at Tibooburra, about 1500km northwest of Sydney back in 2011, but it has now become his home.
Described as a leader in his community, he has been acknowledged for the work he has done for a town so remote it doesn’t even have a local government.
Commissioner Fuller congratulated Senior Constable Lackenby and fellow nominees for their contribution not only to the NSW Police Force, but to the community and excelling in ‘service above self,’ the Rotary motto.
“These men and women lead our community by example, and continue to perform their respective duties with commitment and passion to ensure they go above and beyond,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“Every member of NSW Police Force is faced with challenging jobs each day, and their commitment to public safety is something to be proud of.
“Tonight is an opportunity to come together and recognise not only the achievements of the nominees, but also celebrate the outstanding work of their colleagues.”