Bravery Of 29 Officers Recognised

The NSW Police Force is congratulating 29 officers who have today been awarded Australian Bravery Decorations by the Governor-General.

A sergeant received the Bravery Medal and a further 28 officers received a Group Bravery Citation after they displayed courageous efforts in the face of extraordinary circumstances.

Sergeant Nicholas Park received the Bravery Medal for his actions rescuing a man from rough seas in Port Kembla, on Friday 12 February 2021

28 members of the Tactical Operations Unit, Negotiation Unit, Rescue and Bomb Disposal, Dog Unit and Highway Patrol, are recognised with the award of the Group Bravery Citation for their actions during a hostage siege at Lindt Café, Sydney, in December 2014.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb APM, said she was proud to see officers recognised for their selfless and courageous actions.

“They are worthy recipients of today’s accolades and should be proud to be recognised for their bravery,” Commissioner Webb said.

Tactical Operations Unit (TOU) Commander, Superintendent Michael Rochester APM said we are appreciative of being acknowledged and the recognition of our actions with respect to the Lindt Café Siege.

“Every TOU officer chose to become a member of the unit, which required significant hard work and sacrifice, with the knowledge we may be involved in the resolution of such an incident,” Supt Rochester said.

“In accepting these awards, we acknowledge and reflect upon the people in the Lindt Café that day, particularly Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson – we recognize their bravery and sacrifice.”

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC FTSE awarded a total of 39 Australians with bravery decorations, including the 29 NSW Police Force officers.

The Australian Bravery Decorations recognise courage and service to the community. Two Australian Bravery lists are announced every year. The independent Australian Bravery Decorations Council makes recommendations to the Governor-General regarding who should be recognised and at what level of award.

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