A WOMAN'S compassion was recognised at the weekend as she took out the inaugural Wagga police officer of the year award.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Wagga Sunrise, the awards allowed the public to acknowledge outstanding acts of kindness, compassion, courage and devotion to duty by any male, female, uniform or plain clothes, office staff or volunteers of the NSW police service in the Wagga Local Area Command (LAC).
Seventy-five nominations were lodged for 53 officers across Wagga, Lockhart, Coolamon, Junee and Temora.
Six were formally recognised at the gala presentation dinner on Saturday at the Wagga RSL Club, which drew a crowd of 140.
Constable Madonna Reardon, attached to the Wagga domestic violence unit, claimed the overall award.
Ms Reardon, who will progress to the state awards later in the year, was suprised by the win.
She told the crowd she was passionate about preventing domestic violence and thanked everyone associated with the awards and those who helped her at work.
"She really touched people," Rotary Club of Wagga president and organising committee chair Jo Wilson said.
"They just all said she was compassionate, helpful, made them feel comfortable.
"She was very humble."
LAC executive officer Kristy-Lee Holmes, senior constable Matthew Owen, senior constable Brad Hallan, constable Brayden Sharrock and volunteer Ray Pelletier were also recognised across the six award categories.
A two-man police band calling themselves Bail Refused performed.
"It was excellent," Ms Wilson said.
"The police had a great time."