Two long-serving Detective Sergeants from Orana Mid Western Police District have been presented with Deputy Commissioner Medallions in acknowledgement of their service.
Detective Sergeants Mark Meredith and Richard Morley were presented the medals by Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys during a private ceremony in July.
The medals are an initiative of the Deputy Commissioner in acknowledgement of officers who go above and beyond their duty.
"These [medals] don't come with any protocol, but they come from my heart and from a great deal of observation, reading, talking to people in this room about the folks who every single day put in, who are easy to manage, and spread their wisdom, knowledge and support among others," Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.
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Investigations manager Detective Sergeant Meredith oversees about 30 detectives across four locations in the Orana Mid Western Police District.
He has been described by Superintendent Peter McKenna as the glue of the Orana Mid Western Police District, who is respected by staff and the community.
"There's nothing that goes on crime wise that Mark's not across and making sure we're giving the right response," he said.
"But, above and beyond that, a tremendous fellow who people go to for advice and guidance."
Detective Sergeant Morley oversees the Orana Mid Western Target Action Group and has about 18 officers in his team.
"The great thing about Richard is that if he asks his cops to start at 3am, he's there at 3am leading the charge and keeping that group motivated," Superintendent McKenna said.
"Between them, I wouldn't want to be a wanted person in Dubbo and surrounding districts. Their teams do a fantastic job."
Police Minister David Elliott was also in attendance and commended the duo on their dedication to the force.
"This job fascinates me how people do their work without any thought of recognition or reward, and you do it with such humility," he said.
"This is for you to go home to your families and know that the sacrifice you make has not gone unnoticed."