Stirling strengthens bonds with local police

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling

Topic(s): Exercises, HMAS Stirling

Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN, presents a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of HMAS Stirling to Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne and the Rockingham Police Force for their assistance and cooperation during combined base security training exercises. L-R: Warrant Officer Naval Police Coxswain Glen Wright; Police Sergeant Chris Campbell; Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN; OIC Rockingham Police Station, Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne; Police Sergeant Richard Wells; and Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Mark Williams. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN, presents a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of HMAS Stirling to Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne and the Rockingham Police Force for their assistance and cooperation during combined base security training exercises. L-R: Warrant Officer Naval Police Coxswain Glen Wright; Police Sergeant Chris Campbell; Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN; OIC Rockingham Police Station, Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne; Police Sergeant Richard Wells; and Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Mark Williams.

The close relationship between HMAS Stirling and the local constabulary was formally recognised recently when Rockingham Police Command was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Stirling Executive Officer Commander Larry Menon.

In particular, Rockingham Police were recognised for their support in recent base security lockdown exercises, and the continual support they provide to Stirling Command.

“Over the past 12 months Rockingham Police have assisted in joint operations in relation to driver compliance checks, tactical training and security exercises,” Commander Menon said. 

“As first responders to Fleet Base West, Rockingham Police have shown an extremely high level of professionalism and diligence.” 

Commander Menon said the close working relationship that exists between the local police authority and Stirling’s Naval Police Coxswains has led to Navy developing more effective procedures and responses to a range of security threats.

“Rockingham Police’s expertise and active partnering has contributed substantially to the security of strategic Australian Defence Force assets and the safety of personnel on Garden Island,” he said.

The Certificate of Appreciation was presented by Commander Menon to Officer in Charge of the Rockingham Police Station, Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne.