CONSTABLE Genelle Warne is Blacktown's Police Officer of the Year.
"Fantastic, honoured, privileged, amazed," was the domestic violence unit officer's reaction when she took out the main award at a presentation dinner last Wednesday night.
Constable Warne has spent her four-year career at Blacktown local area command and was nominated for her compassion and policing skills which led to a man being charged with numerous offences.
Constable Warne, who said in her acceptance speech that she had started her policing career later in life, encouraged other aspiring officers.
"I think it's a great job, and there's a place for everybody," she said.
Awards were presented in six categories during the 16th annual event, which is run by Blacktown Rotary.
The Police Officer of the Year recipient was chosen from category recipients.
Blacktown Workers Club hosted the dinner and presented category winners with $100 restaurant vouchers.
Constable Warne received a one-week holiday for her and her family at one of the club's holiday units.
■ Recipients were:
- Probationary constable/constable of the Year, Genelle Warne;
- Senior constable of the Year, Adam Brown;
- Team leader of the Year, Matthew Napper;
- Investigator of the Year, Timothy Cox;
- Volunteer in Policing, Robert Skomba; and
- Unsworn officer of the Year, Luci Farac.