Western Region officer wins Domestic Violence Practitioner of Year

An officer attached to Western Region has won the state award at the 2020 NSW Police Force Domestic Violence Practitioner of the Year.

Senior Constable Nicole Pitt was awarded the title at a ceremony held last Thursday (10 December 2020), while Senior Constable Jessica Pank was ranked in the top three finalists.

Snr Cst Pitt has been stationed at Brewarrina for the past two years, and in addition to her general duties role, she has focused on connecting with disadvantaged youth, specifically young girls to address the issues experienced in remote communities. Snr Cst Pitt’s efforts have resulted in improved police and community relationships, the provision of essential hygiene items and recreational equipment, as well as contributing to the success of support programs implemented in the town.

Snr Cst Pank transferred to Bourke in early 2019 as a general duties officer, before taking on the role of Domestic Violence Officer in April 2020. She has demonstrated her dedication and tenacity in supporting domestic violence victims and collaboratively case managing offenders to reduce intergenerational issues in the community.

Central North Police District Commander, Superintendent Andrew Hurst, said he was very proud of the achievements of both officers.

“They were deserving of being nominated for the awards as their efforts go above and beyond to address domestic and family violence in their communities,” Supt Hurst said.

“Both officers – who are attached to Central North Police District – consistently demonstrate a strong focus on reducing domestic and family violence.”

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