ACTING Police Chief Inspector and deputy director community policing Mariah John was among eight police members bestowed the Distinguished Police Service medals for their service in the Police force and Ramsi last week.
Of the eight of these, only four had turned up to receive their medals from Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane at the Government House.
These were Bustin Anzu Bassawe, Stanley Brown, John Kolopen and Ms John who was the only woman to be present.
Ms John said she was very honoured and proud that she had been considered for the nominations.
She said that such awards usually went to those who had served in the Royal PNG Police Constabulary for many years.
“I am really psyched up and excited to have received this award because I never thought I’d get it now.
“This award is usually reserved for the big guns, not for someone like me with 12 years experience,” Ms John said.
She said she and her colleagues were nominated for their nine month stint with the 2nd contingent of personnel deployed Solomon Islands in the Ramsi programme, where she had been the second in charge.
Prior to the Ramsi Ms John had been Station Commander at Hohola, Gordon and other stations in the city.
She is now based at the Police headquarters in Konedobu.
Ms John thanked Police Commissioner Gari Baki and his senior management for having the confidence in her and her colleagues and for nominating them for this award.