After dedicating over three decades of her life to the NT Police, Acting Commander of Professional Standards Command, Lauren Hill has been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.
An Australian Police Medal was awarded to A/Commander Hill for her exemplary service to the NT Police, and said she is humbled by the recognition.
"I'm just very honoured, it's the best way to describe how I feel," A/Commander Hill said.
Having occupied various positions throughout the 30-plus years as a member of the NT Police, A/Commander Hill said the work is something she enjoys.
"I really like policing. There are joyful moments, frustrating moments and sad moments but it just keeps you enlightened," she said.
"It's a career that you can choose your own pathway in and embrace the opportunities that are made available, but you have to be willing to step up and do what's right.
"Everyday brings new things, it's a great job."
Having been stationed at Katherine twice throughout her career, A/Commander Hill recalls her time in the location as a period of delight.
"I was a Detective Sergeant in the Criminal Investigation branch and our footprint was not only Katherine, but we went to many remote communities to investigate serious crime," she said.
"When I came down at the end of 2016, I had just been promoted to Superintendent and it was a return to frontline policing that I had not been doing for about 20 years, it was all very new.
"I like Katherine, you would be walking down the street in a police uniform and people would come up and say hello and ask you questions.
"I'd be quite happy to go back there."
Now stationed in Darwin, A/Commander Hill continues to make a difference.
"I hope I still have a few more years left in me," she laughed.
Other achievements of A/Commander Hill:
- Key to updating training for the Advanced Practice in Forensic Interviewing of Children
- Served in Alice Springs Criminal Investigation Branch, Northern Crime and Domestic Violence, Drug Squad, Professional Standards, Regional Investigations, Criminal Investigation Development Unit (CIDU), and more recently, Katherine and Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes.
- A member of the Multi-Agency Community and Child Safety Team
- Been the police representative on the DV Justice Group and the National Child Protection Working Group
- NT Police representative on the 150 Year Committee
- Identified modern work practices and developed focus points for enhancement of investigator skills
- Coordinated with external professionals, including Deakin University, to review Investigative Interviewing practices
- Participated in local, national and international exercises
- A previous member of the Police Federation of Australia Women Advisory Committee and the Northern Territory Police Association
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:
- Bookmark katherinetimes.com.au
- Make sure you are signed up for our breaking and regular headlines newsletters
- Follow us on Twitter: @KatherineTimes
- Follow us on Instagram @katherinetimes
- Follow us on Google News
- You can also receive updates straight to your inbox each Friday at 6am from the Katherine Times. To make sure you're up to date with all the news, sign up here.