Esperance Police officers, locals recognised

Service recognised: Award recipients Donal Henderson, Grant Henderson, First class constable Matthew Hughes, sergeant Alan Keogh and acting senior sergeant Ben Jeffes with family following the presentation. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Service recognised: Award recipients Donal Henderson, Grant Henderson, First class constable Matthew Hughes, sergeant Alan Keogh and acting senior sergeant Ben Jeffes with family following the presentation. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Two Esperance men and three Esperance police officers have been recognised by the WA Police Force for their service to the community.

Goldfields-Esperance Superintendent Darryl Gaunt arrived in Esperance from Kalgoorlie to present the awards on Tuesday morning, July 16, commending each of the recipients for their invaluable contribution.

The families of both Donal Leigh Henderson and Grant William Henderson were present as each of them received certificates of appreciation for their role in assisting in the search for a man in Salmon Gums earlier this year.

Supt Gaunt said the pair's contribution had been invaluable to the operation and that it was always positive to recognise the good work of members of the community.

"The biggest thing that separates country policing from metropolitan policing in Perth is that the community really are privy to everything - they know what is going on in their community and they are always willing to contribute," he said.

"These regional community members stand up without question all of the time.

"It's pleasing that, on behalf of WA Police, we have the opportunity to acknowledge their assistance during this search.

"The local knowledge of these men was invaluable in this case and this is just a small token of our appreciation."

With extensive knowledge of the country, both men said they were able to provide assistance to police to help them utilise the many tracks on the land and thanked WA Police for the recognition.

"It was really good to be able to go out there and say 'we found that track'," Mr Henderson said.

Esperance Police First class constable Matthew Hughes and sergeant Alan Keogh were also presented with certificates of appreciation for administering lifesaving first aid to an individual that had overdosed on medication at Twilight Beach.

Supt Gaunt said the awards were presented to recognise the professionalism and dedication to duty demonstrated by the pair.

"We're very keen to recognise when people go above and beyond in their duty," he said.

"The Goldfields-Esperance region is a magnificent part of the world, but these events seem to be happening with monotonous regularity.

"The community need us to continue standing up and I congratulate sergeant Keogh and first class constable Hughes for doing so."

Acting senior sergeant Ben Jeffes was also awarded a WA Police service medal, recognising his 10 years of service in Australia.

Sgt Jeffes said he joined WA Police back in 2008 after moving to Australia from the UK, working in both metropolitan areas and regional WA.

Sgt Jeffes said he felt as though he had become part of the fabric of the Esperance Police Station.

Following the presentation, award recipients and their families were treated to morning tea, courtesy of the Esperance Police Station.