PUTTING their lives on the line for the community is par for the course for New England Local Area Command police.
Officers were awarded for diligent and ethical service and outstanding responses during operations, at a ceremony on Wednesday.
Regional Deputy-Commissioner Gary Worboys said country policing required a special type of person.
“We’re fortunate to have police like you, people that each and every day go about your work in a very non-selfish manner,” Mr Worboys said.
Armidale Inspectors Roger Best, Matthew Crotty and Superintendent Fred Trench received a Certificate of Merit for their involvement in Strike Force Durkin.
The officers arrested a dangerous offender who was on the run for six years after committing murder, indecent assault and wounding a police officer.
Using innovative technology in extreme weather conditions, the state-wide operation was a success.
Armidale Regional Council mayor Simon Murray said it was a privilege to show his support.
“I take my hat off to them, they’re providing a terrific service to the community,” Cr Murray said.
“Policing is important, they support us as a community and it’s important that we support them.”
Guyra police Sergeant Jason Burton received a National Medal First Clasp for 25 years of continued diligent service to his community.
“We need to be everything, to everyone, every time – that’s just part of being a really good country cop,” Regional Deputy-Commissioner Gary Worboys said.