OIC Receives Prestigious Honour

Margaret River Officer-in-Charge Paul Daly

Jokes are circulating around about red carpets rolling out at the Margaret River Police Station after officer-in-charge (OIC) Sergeant Paul ‘Bear’ Daly won the WA Police Officer of the Year Award for the second time. Sgt Daly is the first person in the 40-year history of the WA Police Officer of the Year Award to win twice.

The news article “Margaret River OIC wins Police Officer of the Year Award” has full details on this story. It says, “Sgt Daly, who has been OIC in Margaret River since April 2010, previously took out the award in 2008 while stationed at Beverley. His efforts to build links between police and other sections of the community, especially  following the devastating Margaret River bushfires last November were one of the reasons he won.” http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/story/740609/margaret-river-oic-wins-police-officer-of-the-year-award/

Sgt Daly also went beyond the line of duty to assist those affected by the blaze. His efforts included assisting to re-roof a home, mulching a fire-hit garden for a resident of Redgate and rebuilding a retaining wall for a person whose property was burnt out.

“Winning this award was just amazing,” Daly said, adding, “I was alongside two other very worthy finalists who I believe equally deserved to win. I certainly didn’t sign up to re-write history 17 years ago.”

He further noted, “It is a great indicator that I am getting things right. I have the support of the greater community and that the team at Margaret River is performing. I think that last point is especially important.”

Members of the local community who nominated Daly mentioned his support of, and rapport with, people who had to deal with situations arising from suicides and traumatic crimes. They praised Daly’s commitment and compassion.

Moreover, Daly along with his squad at the Margaret River Police Station has managed to achieve a 26% decline in crime and constantly endorsed a district road-policing plan that has successfully reduced drink driving and fatalities in the region.

Daly was awarded a cheque of $5000 from the Police & Nurses Credit Society in addition to a weekend stay at Crown Perth for two.

He outshined two other finalists, Kununurra Police Station Senior OIC Sgt Jack Lee and Carnarvon Senior Constable Andrea Musulin. Each of them will now be given a cheque of $1000.

There were around 90 nominations submitted this year for the Police Officer of the Year Award, for over 40 police officials from across Western Australia.

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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