In previous years the Rotary Club of Unley, in partnership with SA Police, has presented the SA Police Officer of the Year Award each September at the Royal Adelaide Show. Due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to postpone this year’s award selection and presentation.
In lieu of this year’s SA Police Officer of the Year Award the Rotary Club of Unley proposed that recognition could be made to the whole of SA Police for their outstanding contribution to the people of South Australia in dealing with the devastating bushfires of 2019/2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Rotary District Leadership Board 9510 approved the presentation of a citation to SAPOL on behalf of all South Australian Rotarians to show appreciation for their efforts in keeping the community of South Australia safe through these particularly challenging times.
The citation was presented to Commissioner of Police Grant Stevens by Mr David Jones, the District Governor of Rotary District 9510, at SA Police Headquarters today, Wednesday, 30 September 2020.
The citation reads:
Rotary District 9510 clubs and members in South Australia, acknowledge the outstanding contribution all members of South Australia Police have made to this State’s community during the horrific bushfires of 2019/2020 and the current COVID-19 pandemic.
This Rotary Citation 2020 is presented with the greatest respect and thanks to all members of South Australia Police, those working behind the scenes, and those on the front line, putting themselves at risk to safeguard and protect the health and safety of the people of South Australia.
We thank South Australia Police for their exemplary and unselfish performance with steadfast focus on the tasks to be done.