Lecturer honoured with National Police Service Medal

Michael Kennedy

Dr Michael Kennedy with NSW Police Commissioner, Michael Fuller

A National Police Service Medal has been awarded to an academic from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University.

Dr Michael Kennedy, a lecturer in Policing Studies, received the Medal in recognition of his extensive contributions to the NSW Police Force as a detective between 1978 and 1997.

The prestigious honour is given to those who have contributed ethical and diligent service since their initiation.

The Governor-General awards the Medal on the recommendation of the Commissioner of the Australian Police Force. The award is presented to a police officer just once in their career and to be eligible, they must have completed 15 years of service.

Professor Kevin Dunn, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, says the award is a reflection of Dr Kennedy's unique contribution and significant commitment to Australian policing which has continued in his role at Western Sydney University.

"Dr Michael Kennedy served 19 years in the NSW Police Force, and these medals reflect his professional and ethical service to policing," says Professor Dunn.

"Since his time in the NSW Police Force, he has continued this service by advancing the professionalisation of policing through tertiary training and his research. The strong history of the Bachelor of Policing at Western Sydney University is a testament to Michael and his Policing and Criminology colleagues."

Dr Kennedy was also presented with a NSW Police Medal last year which was awarded by the NSW Police Force Commissioner, Michael Fuller.

ENDS.

2 June 2017

Jessica Cortis, Media Assistant