Forbes police honoured for service

Forbes Police are among those who have been honoured for their service, presented with certificates of merit and service medals at a Central West Police District awards ceremony in Parkes. 

Superintendent Chris Taylor, Commander of the Central West Police District, presented the awards at a formal ceremony late last year.

The district includes Orange and surrounding communities, Parkes, Forbes, extending to Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo. 

Forbes officers to be recognised included:

Inspector Shane Jessep, officer in charge of Forbes, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo, received the National Police Service Medal and the 20-year clasp to the NSW Police Medal for diligent and ethical service.

Inspector Jessep was also presented with his certificate of commission, given to officers on their initial appointment to a commissioned rank. Inspector Jessep was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2017.

Sergeant Adrian Matthews, supervisor at Forbes Police Station, received the National Service Medal for diligent and ethical service, the National Medal for 15 years diligent service and the 15-year clasp to the National Medal. 

Western Region Commander’s Certificates of Merit were presented to Sgt Matthews, along with Constable Natalie Rolfe, for their attempt to the life of a man in cardiac arrest.

The citation read on the day explained that the two officers performed resuscitation for an extended period, continuing in the ambulance and at the hospital enabling medical personnel to carry out other tasks to maximise the patient’s chance of survival. 

Senior Constable Michael Copas was also awarded the Western Region Commander Certificate of Merit in recognition of his attempt to save a woman’s life in Forbes. 

Sen Con Copas performed CPR, enabling ambulance officers to improve the woman’s chance of survival, the citation read. 

Constable Jarrod Low, now serving in Forbes, was also recognised with a Commander’s Certificate for his attempt to save a man’s life in Mudgee. 

Our crime prevention officer Senior Constable Daniel Greef was presented with the National Service Medal and the National Medal for 15 years diligent service.

Leading Senior Constable Rob Ellis received the NSW Police Medal for 10 years diligent and ethical service.

Senior Constable Ben Herden was presented with the G20 Citation – a group citation introduced to acknowledge the successful security service provided during G20 events in Queensland in 2014.