In times of crisis, the appearance of a police officer is a welcome sight and the Riverina's own are being recognised for their efforts.
The finalists have been announced for the 2019 Police of the Year Awards and some gathered for a breakfast on Wednesday to meet the sponsors.
Riverina Police District Superintendent Bob Noble said moments of selfless bravery and commitment to the community often goes unnoticed and it’s so important that officers are recognised.
"I am extremely proud to be a member of this police force and to work alongside all these great men and women," he said.
"It is a great privilege to be a part of this particular team.
"It's a very large team with 20 stations across 26,000 square kilometres."
Superintendent Noble thanked the numerous sponsors and Rotary for making the awards night possible.
"I encourage anyone to come along and enjoy the night," he said.
In the lead up to to the elections, Superintendent Noble said law and order would be a hot topic.
"We welcome that because we like to highlight the work we do and the difficulties we face," he said.
"It should be born in mind how difficult it can be."
Finalists for the Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards
Field Operations Police Officer of the Year
- Leading Senior Constable Kate Williams, Detective Sergeant Tim Briggs and Sergeant Nadine Roberts.
Specialist Operations Police Officer of the Year
- Senior Constable Lauren Orr, Senior Constable Troy Fisher, and Sergeant Brett Collins.
Junior Police Officer of the Year
- Probationary Constable Ashley Fitzgerald, Probationary Constable Jamie Nash and Probationary Constable Terry Bourke.
Rotary Community Policing Award
- Senior Constable Mark Fitzgibbins, Senior Constable Tim Hall and Inspector Rob Vergano
Volunteer or Unsworn Employee Award
- VIP David Richmond, VIP Glenn Fanning and VIP Ray Pelletier
Customer Service Employee
- Alyce Russell, Greg Chapman and Janette Milnes
It is the fifth time the awards are being held for the district.
The awards will be presented on March 16, 2019, at Wagga’s International Hotel, click here for tickets.
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