Successful police youth team nominated for excellence awards

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Members of the South Hedland Community Engagement Team.
Camera IconMembers of the South Hedland Community Engagement Team.

The hard work and dedication of police in the Pilbara has been recognised by the State after South Hedland Youth Engagement Team were shortlisted for three Police Excellence Awards.

The Pilbara will have a strong representation at the awards with the team, led by Sergeant Shelley Marklew, nominated for the Police team award while Sgt Marklew was nominated for the Individual Police Officer as was Newman’s Senior Constable Em Morrison.

The team runs various activities including a pick-up, drop-off service as part of the Hedland Attendance Strategy, and fun activities for the children including dodge-ball at the JD Hardie Youth Zone.

Sgt Marklew said the nomination was a reflection of each member of the South Hedland Police Station.

“We have had several new staff join the Community Engagement Team this year, and I am fortunate to work with a team who have great enthusiasm, ideas and initiatives, which we get together, discuss and build into projects which have been well received by those involved and other services who have partnered with us, or us with them,” she said.

Sgt Marklew said the team focused on youth and diverting them from criminal behaviour towards education.

“During school holiday periods maintaining positive engagement with youth, through a South Hedland Police initiated Breakfast Club, amongst other activities within town and outlying communities of Yandeyarra and Worralong,” she said.

Sgt Marklew said the team also focused on family violence in our community.

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