Narromine Police Sergeant Michael Smith and Aboriginal community liaison officer William Middleton have been recognised for their dedication to the NSW Police force.
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They were just two of many Orana Mid-Western Police District officers honoured at an awards event in Dubbo on April 11.
Sergeant Smith was awarded the National Police Service medal for 15 years diligent and ethical service.
He was also awarded a National Medal which recognised long and diligent service by members of government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster, and is something which is very special to the Sergeant.
"I'm really proud to receive the National Medal as my father was also awarded the same medal for 40 years service as a firefighter, so it's nice to be able to share the same honour as him, despite being in different professions," he said.
Sergeant Smith began training as a police officer in September 2001, and said now being in a leadership role in Narromine, while it has its challenges is something he still enjoys doing.
"I still get that buzz being out there on the front line and I still enjoy making arrests today as much as I did 17 years ago," he said.
Also at the ceremony, Mr Middleton was awarded the NSW Police medallion, the commissioner of police long service award and the Orana Mid-Western Police District commissioners certificate of merit for almost 20 years to the force.
"He is both respected and revered by young persons in the community and whether on or off duty, makes himself available to those that need him," Orana Mid-Western Police District Superintendent Peter McKenna said of Mr Middleton.
The Narromine resident, who works from Dubbo Police Station, said he has worked with hundreds of cops and clients over the years and has worked effectively with young people at risk of entering the criminal justice system or already engaged in the system.
He provides advice and support to police tasked with responding to often complex Aboriginal issues across the region in a culturally appropriate and effective way.
"We try and bridge the gap between Aboriginal communities and the police," Mr Middleton said.
"Crime prevention is a huge focus."
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