2020 Public Advocate police awards

A police member who coordinated a sensory-friendly and person-centred search for a young autistic man has been recognised with the 2020 Public Advocate Award for Outstanding Police Service to People with Disability.

Acting Inspector Christine Lalor (right) worked closely with the young man’s family and teachers to ensure the search approach considered his sensory and communication needs. She effectively communicated this approach to the more than 350 volunteers, police and emergency personnel involved in the search, resulting in the young man being appropriately approached when found.

The award was presented at an online event on 3 December 2020 to coincide with the International Day of People with Disabilities.

Now in its fifth year, the Public Advocate awards recognise police members, employees and units that have made an outstanding contribution to and improving outcomes for people with disability and delivering a police service that is accessible, inclusive and responsive.

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Legal, Corrections, Justice System

Office of the Public Advocate

Date published:
Thu 3rd Dec, 2020