In a world first, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in the West Australian Police Force have been recognised with service medals.
Among the 51 recipients were 40 current serving police officers, three Aboriginal police liaison officers and three auxiliary officers.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the medal was another important step in reconciliation following an announcement earlier this week that Aboriginal flags would be flown at all WA police stations permanently.
"Historical records show that Aboriginal people have worked with police in WA since the early nineteenth century in significant roles," he said.
"Since the 1970s, we've employed more than 660 Aboriginal people, including about 180 current employees across a wide range of roles who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander."
Mr Dawson said the medal provided "tangible recognition" of their service and demonstrated a commitment to improving relationships for future generations.
Australian Associated Press