Tennant and District Times
Honours for our police heroes

OUR local police heroes were recognised in an honours and award ceremony at the Council Chambers on Tuesday evening.

The year 2020 is also a significant milestone for the Northern Territory Police Force, marking 150 years of dedicated officers serving and protecting NT communities.

A citation marking the 150-year celebration was added to the ceremony, with Auxiliaries Christina Quong and David Wall taking the honours.

The NT Police Service Medals, recognising 10 years of continuous meritorious service, were awarded to Sergeant Rebecca Hockey and Constable First Class Phillip Lum. 

A clasp is awarded for each addition 10 years of service.

Senior Aboriginal Community Police Officer Michael James received his 20-year clasp.

Police Superintendent Kylie Anderson said Micky’s award is an amazing achievement and the nation is extremely proud of him for his dedication and efforts as a role model for our community.

“Micky joined the NT Police Force in 1999 and served at Ntaria before permanently transferring to Tennant Creek in 2010,” she said.

“Micky has previously received the National Medal with 15 year clasp, the National Police Service Medal, the NT Police Service Medal and Remote Service Ribbon.”

Police were also recognised for their outstanding actions while responding to the fatal industrial accident at the Bootu Creek Manganese Mine on 24 August, 2019.

Sergeants Rebecca Hockey and Alex Noonan, Senior Constable First Class Blake Goodworth, Constable First Class Elle Bennett and Constable First Class Adrian Prichard received Commissioner and CEO Letters of Recognition.

Constable Kyle Godwin was also honoured with a Letter of Recognition for his heroic action giving CPR to a two-year-old child who swallowed a balloon, while Constable Damien Gangemi for his outstanding action involving a mentally unstable male.

Supt Anderson said the ceremony was a small way to acknowledge the incredible work of our police, fire and emergency service personnel and ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.

She said the NT Police Force is the oldest institution in the Territory.

In January 1870 Sub Inspector Paul Foelsche arrived in the then town of Palmerston to begin policing in the Northern Territory on behalf of the South Australia Mounted Police Force.  

Since then, there has been a continuing police organisational presence in the Northern Territory.  

Although there have been several changes in administration, there were shared personnel from one organisation to another, giving an unbroken line of policing service to the NT.  

There is a travelling display that will be open to the public at the Barkly Regional Council Chambers until tomorrow, 5 September.

The display will be relocated to Alice Springs in time for National Police Remembrance Day on 29 September.

Other recipients are: 

Remote Service Ribbon: Constable First Class Blake Goodworth, Constable First Class Luke O’Connor, Constable Danielle Keenan, Constable Kylie Godwin, Constable Lochlan Holcombe and Constable Elyn-Louise O’Rourke.

Diploma of Policing: Constable Dean Garnsey.

A big round of applause to our front-line workers!

The Barkly community commends and appreciates the work and sacrifices you do to keep us safe.