By Bev Jordan
Youth Officer at the Hawkesbury Police Area Command – SENIOR CONSTABLE BELINDA FLYNN has been named Local Hero in the 2021 Commissioner’s Perpetual Awards for the Advancement of Women in Policing.
A police officer for 11 years, she was presented with a hero award by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta on June 22. Local Hero Award
The citation reads: “Senior Constable Belinda Flynn has caused positive change with her contribution to innovative programs such as Ruff Track and Hawkesbury Helping Hands, well outside the “normal” bounds of policing. Local Hero Award
“The programs provide an excellent link to the community in addressing the cause of crime before it occurs.
“Senior Constable Flynn has had a positive influence on the young, vulnerable and people at risk and she has been widely accepted and recognised by the Hawkesbury community as a compassionate, caring police officer. Her involvement in those programs has changed the life of young people which will enable them to become valued members of the community and turn their lives around.”
Snr Cnst Flynn told the Hills to Hawkesbury Community News: “I truly was very humbled at being nominated for the award and totally shocked to be announced the winner.
“I am so thankful to be a part of an amazing community that has gone through so many adversities in the past couple of years. So many local organisations are continuing to help the vulnerable, people at risk and the young people. I feel truly grateful to be able to have played a small part in contributing to the resilience of our community.”
She has been based at Hawkesbury PAC for the past seven years.
“I have wanted to be a Police Officer since High School many years ago. It was even written in my High School Year Book. I wanted to join the NSW Police Force because I admired the work that Police Officers do and I too wanted to try and make a difference in the community.
I knew that every day in the job would be different, I knew that it would have its challenges and rewards like any career but being able to have a positive impact on someone’s life was something that I wanted to be a part of.“
The Perpetual Awards were established in 2006 to acknowledge and showcase the efforts and achievements of women in policing.
The NSW Police Commissioner praised all 78 nominees.
“These awards are a testament to the outstanding contributions of our employees and it is a privilege to acknowledge the hard work, passion and dedication of those who actively make our organisation a better place to work,” Commissioner Fuller said.