Seven NSW Police Force officers been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list by being awarded the Australian Police Medal.
NSW Police Force Commissioner, Mick Fuller APM, extended his congratulations to the seven recipients, whose policing experiences extend across general duties, major event management, investigations and specialist operations.
“The officers recognised this year have focused much of their careers on community-based initiatives," Commissioner Fuller said.
“The Australian Police Medal recognises exemplary service within the NSW Police Force, and today’s recipients are held in high regard by their peers and the community.
“On behalf of the NSW Police Force, I want to thank these officers for their ongoing commitment to serving the people of New South Wales,” Commissioner Fuller said.
The seven officers are:
- Superintendent John Henry GRALTON
- Superintendent Karen Jane McCARTHY
- Superintendent Paul Nicholas PISANOS
- Detective Chief Inspector Michael John COOK
- Detective Chief Inspector Bernhard Edward JANSSEN
- Inspector Peter HANSEN
- Detective Sergeant Michael Aloysius O’KEEFE
Superintendent John Gralton
Superintendent John Gralton joined the New South Wales Police Force in 1988. In 2007, he was promoted to his current rank of Superintendent, and last year was appointed to his current position as Commander, Tuggerah Lakes Police District.
Superintendent Gralton has dedicated a substantial period of his career to policing the Hunter and North Coast regions of New South Wales. In 2007, he was Commander for the World Youth Day celebrations in the Hunter region including the deployment of multi-agency resources for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.
Superintendent Gralton is a representative on many state committees and boards responsible for the response to crime in the Northern Region of New South Wales
Superintendent Karen Jane McCarthy
Superintendent Karen Jane McCarthy joined the NSW Police Force in 1987. In 2007, she was promoted to her current rank of Superintendent and was appointed to her current position as Commander, Eastern Beaches Police Area Command in 2016. As current chair of a multiagency committee, she develops and directs the deployment of assets should a significant incident occur within the Sydney Central Business District.
She was responsible for the implementation of a proactive team which utilises resources to proactively target high-risk offenders, increase intelligence holdings and swiftly prosecute individuals to disrupt re-offending in this area of crime.
Superintendent McCarthy collaborated with government, community and business stakeholders in the Coogee precinct to establish strategies and implements programs that significant reduced the incidents of alcohol related crime in the precinct.
Superintendent Paul Pisanos
Superintendent Paul Pisanos joined the New South Wales Police Force in 1987. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and last year was appointed to his current role as the Commander, Tactical Operations Unit.
In 2007, he commenced duties at Eastern Beaches Local Area Command and immediately implemented initiatives to enhance the development and deployment of criminal investigators to better-facilitate the investigation of crime within the Command.
In 2012, he commenced duties at Leichhardt Local Area Command, where he began to initiate programs to enhance the relation between police and the indigenous community. Supt Pisanos has developed youth programs which aimed to break down the barriers between police and young people, and to improve their lives and opportunities.
Detective Chief Inspector Michael John Cook
As a dedicated officer with 38 years’ experience, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Cook joined the NSW Police Force in 1980. In 1995, while carrying out criminal investigations duties at Macquarie Fields, he was appointed to the project team for the implementation of the electronic case management system statewide. His role continued to evolve in complex investigations and, in 2007, he was promoted to Inspector.
In 2011, he was appointed the Coordinator of the Chemical Operations Team within the Drug Squad; it is a position he still holds and he is highly-regarded internationally as in the field of clandestine drug laboratory investigations, being regularly called upon for advice and guidance. He currently a Director for NSW Police Legacy, while also chairing the Benefits and Services Committee within NSW Police Legacy.
Detective Chief Inspector Bernhard Janssen
Detective Chief Inspector Janssen joined the NSW Police Force in 1982. He started criminal investigation duties in 1985, and in 2003 he was promoted to the rank of inspector.
In 2011 he was appointed the Commander of a specialised investigative support area, a position he still holds. Since 1985, Chief Inspector Janssen has volunteered with many organisations and is the patron of the Australasian Police Basketball Association.
Inspector Peter Hansen
With over 38 years’ experience, Inspector Peter Hansen joined the NSW Police Force in 1979 and was promoted to Inspector in 2000. With skills in complex risk assessments, logistics, procurement and deployment of multi-agency assets, Inspector Hansen commanded large-scale events including the Bathurst motorcycle and car races, Sydney 2000 Olympics, World Trade Organisation conferences, and the Olympic Torch relay for the 2004 Olympic Games.
As project manager for the deployment of Tasers to NSW Police Force personnel, Inspector Hansen developed foundation documents, training and resource acquisition. He also led a small team for the Sesquicentenary of the NSW Police Force for the year-long celebration. In 2014, he was appointed to his current position within the Education and Training Command.
Detective Sergeant Michael O’Keefe
Detective Sergeant Michael O’Keefe joined the NSW Police Force in 1982. In 1995, he was promoted to the rank Detective Sergeant. In 2013, he was appointed to his current role as Investigations Manager at Marine Area Command. That same year he managed the complex investigation relating to two people being lost overboard from a cruise liner.
The extensive investigation received high praise from the NSW Coroner for the professional and detailed brief of evidence, and his compassion and humanity shown during the investigation.