First female Deputy Police Commissioner, finalists for the Bev Lawson Award


Deputy Police Commissioner, Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti has been nominated as one of the finalists for the Bev Lawson Award. 

The ceremony will be held in Sydney tomorrow 19 October 2022. 

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Ministry of Police and Prisons. 

The Bev Lawson Memorial Award is considered “the Council’s most prestigious award and recognises the most outstanding woman who has been first in any law enforcement activity or support service”.  ACWAP will be co-hosting the event with the New South Wales Police Force, Australian Federal Police, and the Australian Border Force.

The Memorial Award is presented in honour of Bev Lawson’s ground-breaking achievements, “who, as Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Police, was Australia’s most senior woman in policing until her untimely death in 1998”. The criteria for the Bev Lawson Memorial Award include;

  • – Been a first in a particular area, field, or endeavour; and
  • – Made a significant contribution to that area, field, or endeavour; and
  • – Paved the way for women who follow; and
  • – Encouraged and supported other women in law enforcement to develop their skills and abilities.

DC Papali’i departed Samoa today for this prestigious event. She is accompanied by ACEO Finance Leatigaga Myra Ulufale and Mission Commander Samoa International Operations Daniel Evans.