Sergeant Steve Taylor spends most of his time off with youth at Roebourne PCYC, volunteering as a football umpire on Friday nights and building relationships with local community members.
In a recent awards ceremony, the dedicated officer was recognised for his commitment to the goals of the WA Police Force, being presented with a prestigious WA Police Commissioner’s Medal for Excellence.
The award acknowledges Sergeant Taylor’s dedication to Roebourne PCYC and his commitment to implementing strategies for vulnerable youth, such as the football engagement program Night Fields.
The WA Football Commission program Night Fields has been held in Roebourne since last May, several months after it was rolled out in Karratha, in partnership with Roebourne PCYC.
It gives youth aged six-17 the chance to play free, structured matches in town every Friday night, and in Roebourne it has also involved several games between local children and police.
Roebourne PCYC Centre Manager Samantha Cornthwaite said the positive impact Sgt Taylor has on Roebourne youth, in priceless.
“If we didn’t have Steve, it wouldn’t have gone ahead,” she said.
“He umpires it, brings the kids together and he’s been the driving force behind it.”
“He’s there every Friday night whether he’s rostered on or not.”
Sargent Steve Taylor is an invaluable member of the community, and more importantly a respectable role model for local youth, with many of them looking up to him.
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