Castlereagh Local Area Command has a proud history when it comes to NSW Police Rotary Awards having won Officer of the Year twice – Sgt Lisa Jones 2016 and Sgt Scott Russell in 2012.
This year Castlereagh Local Area Command nominated Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer Donald (Wally) Cran for the Rotary Police Officer of the Year in the category of Irene Juergens Fellowship Award for Unsworn Officers. This award recognises the outstanding contribution by unsworn officers to the community they serve.
Wally joined the NSWPF 2 years ago as the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer and from the outset has worked hard to improve the relationship between police and Aboriginal people through innovative cultural programs, engaging community members particularly the youth and the large number of community activities that Castlereagh LAC conduct. Our nomination of Wally is proud recognition of his outstanding work in the community, particularly with the youth of this command over the past 12 months. Wally was selected as one of 3 finalists for this prestigious award.
Wally with his wife Letisha, friends Bill and Annette Kennedy, Commander Jim Stewart and wife Debra and Sergeant’s Mark and Lisa Jones attended the 2017 Police Officer of the Year Award held at the Regency Hyatt Hotel in Sydney on the 10 November 2017.
It was a fabulous night that was enjoyed immensely and Wally received his finalist Award from Commissioner Michael Fuller. This was an extremely proud moment for Wally and his family and although he didn’t win the award we at Castlereagh LAC couldn’t be prouder of him.
Wally is a member of the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Board and a White Ribbon Ambassador, he constantly gives his time to various projects and functions in the command, including the annual Indigenous Games at Goodooga Central School, the Ricky Walford Shield and NAIDOC activities in the Walgett and Coonamble Shires.
Among the initiatives he has organised are the Giyaali Galamaay Bungun fusion project (Brothers in Arms) focusing on young men in Walgett by fusing cultural tradition in a modern educational environment while providing spiritual connectivity and mentorship. Wal was also involved in the Giyaali Birralii ‘Kids Back on Country’ camp, which is designed to foster better relationships between police and 10 to 12yr old youth. The program provides positive role models in an environment of respect and cultural awareness.
Image Group photo left to right – Sgt Mark Jones, Sgt Lisa Jones, Wal Cran, Letisha Cran, Annette Kennedy, Bill Kennedy, Debra Stewart and Jim Stewart.