ALBURY police chief Beth Stirton yesterday praised the support she has received from her colleagues since the death of her husband, Albury officer Sgt Glenn Stirton in December.
She told those at the region’s award ceremony that their support had given her the courage to go on for the community and the station.
Superintendent Stirton returned to work late last month after being on leave.
“My special thanks go to Deputy Commissioner (Nick) Kaldas, and Southern Region Commander Acting Assistant Commissioner (Kyle) Stewart for coming to Albury today,” Supt Stirton told about 60 people at the Albury Local Area Command’s police medals and awards presentation.
“The support, guidance, and leadership they provide has instilled resilience and the will to go on for both myself and my Albury Local Area Command staff. It is immensely appreciated,” Supt Stirton said.
Deputy Commissioner Kaldas said station personnel had stuck together in a tough year.
“To have been there for each other I think you deserve a round of applause,” Deputy Commissioner Kaldas said.
He praised the area’s falling crime rates and rising community satisfaction levels.
“Everything is heading in the right direction,” he said.
Supt Stirton said the ceremony recognised the dedication and tenacity of her officers.
“This local area command, the families and community, do not just pull together in times of adversity — it is a commitment they have to each other, each and every day, whether they are at work, home or engaging in community activities,” she said.
“I have seen some heavy burdens carried by some officers since being at Albury, but by their sheer tenacity, the resilience shown by so many of my staff in the workplace has been absolutely heartening and instils so much pride in me as their commander, when they continue to come to work day-in-day-out and perform to the high levels demanded of this job.”
She praised the results of alcohol-related crime and traffic and drug investigations.