Police Officer of the Year

Congratulations to the Rotary Police Officer of the Year 2017, Superintendent Antony ‘Tony’ Deutrom.

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Tony was on leave when named the recipient so a small ceremony was held in Darwin late last week by the Rotary Club to formally name Superintendent Deutrom as the 26th winner of this award.

Tony joined the Northern Territory Police Force in September, 1994. He has proved to be a highly capable officer working across many fields including domestic violence, airport policing, remote policing and as Watch Commander.

Tony formed part of the NT Police Disaster Victim Identification and Response team who travelled to Phuket, Thailand in the immediate aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.   

He is currently Superintendent, Palmerston and Rural Division.

His medals and commendations across his service to date include:

  • 2005 – Certificate of Appreciation following his deployment to Phuket
  • 2007 –Certificate of Appreciation following his actions to protect a fellow officer in Nhulunbuy
  • 2014 – Commissioner’s Policing Excellence Medal
  • 2015 – Letter of Recognition for outstanding leadership during Operation Ascari 2
  • 2017 – Rotary Club of Darwin Police Officer of the Year

Tony also holds the Police Service Medal with subsequent 20 year Clasp, the 15-year National Medal, the National Police Service Medal and the Remote Service Ribbon.

The Rotary Club of Darwin spokesperson, Mr Paul Simon, said Superintendent Deutrom was one of the highest ranking officers to have received this award and his nomination contained many supportive comments.

“He is the sort of guy they look up to, the guy who would give you the shirt off his back if it would help. Tony will give you the time of day, make sure he gives you the proper guidance and appropriate advice. He is always there for you. He is like a safety net.

“We don’t get many nominations that say this about an officer, and when we get so many who say things like this, it is conspicuous.”