Actions speak louder than words for Senior Constable Scott Peterkin, Macarthur’s Police Officer of the Year for 2017.
It’s almost impossible to get the Camden-based officer to talk about himself, but his big tally of arrests and the respect of his peers speaks volumes.
He was chosen from a big field of finalists at the annual Rotary Clubs of Macarthur Police Officer of the Year awards, held at Wests Leagues Club on Wednesday night.
Senior Constable Peterkin is part of Camden’s Proactive Crime Team, focusing on alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour, and has impressed his peers and bosses with his work ethic, including scores of arrests and 73 drug detections.
“This is more than I ever expected, I just would have been happy with nomination,” he said.
But Senior Constable Peterkin admitted from the stage that his copper’s nose had led him to think he was a contender.
“I knew something was up when the boss rang me up at 2am in the morning to ask me a few questions – I thought that was odd.”
The category winners on the night were:
Detective of the Year: Detective Senior Constable Troy Burchell (Campbelltown LAC)
Crime Management: Senior Constable Scott Peterkin (Camden LAC)
Probationary Constable of the Year: Probationary Constable Courtney Ovington (Macquarie Fields LAC)
General Duties officer: Leading Senior Constable Paul Watson (Campbelltown LAC).
Unsworn officer: Andrew Cooper (Macquarie Fields LAC)
The event was hosted by Rotary’s Julieanne Horsman, with Rebecca Hatch of Campbelltown Performing Arts High School leading the crowd in the National Anthem.
Among the guests was Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli, the South West Region Commander, local MPs, and Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic, Wollondilly Mayor Judith Hannan and Camden councillor Michael Morrison (representing Mayor Lara Symkowiak).
Acting superintendent Craig Ireland from Macquarie Fields LAC praised the Rotary Clubs of Macarthur – Campbelltown, Camden, Ingleburn, Macarthur Sunrise, Narellan, Picton and Wollondilly North – for the awards night, which has become a highlight of the local police calendar.
“Rotary’s values are based on trust, friendship, goodwill, and community service – and that’s what we’re about too,” he said.
Cr Brticevic, a police officer himself, called the award nominees a credit to our region. “You work to establish a safer environment by reducing violence, crime and fear,” he said.