Selection of a recipient for The Lions Club of the City of Adelaide and South Australia Police Citizen’s Award is made from nominations submitted by Regions, Local Service Areas, branches and sections of SAPOL across the State. Nominations are based on reports, letters and Certificates of Appreciation which may have been presented to members of the public in recognition of assistance they have given to SAPOL in the performance of police duties during the past year.
The Lions Club of the City of Adelaide and SAPOL present the award annually, which consists of an individual and a perpetual shield, funded by the Lions Club. A framed citation outlining the basis for the nomination is also presented.
SAPOL identifies suitable nominees, provides members, host the award selection panel, and coordinates the presentation ceremony.
Former Chief Inspector Cameron Devey and The Lions Club of the City of Adelaide representatives – President Mr Ray Najar, Mr Warren Wood, Mr Greg Kneale and Mrs Christine Kneale reviewed the nominations and selected Amity and Aaliyah as this years’ joint recipients.
The panel’s selection was endorsed by the Commissioner.
Amity and Aaliyah’s nomination was submitted by Detective Brevet Sergeant Tracy Coombes from the Joint Anti Child exploitation Team.
The Citation to the award reads:
The 2022 South Australian Citizen’s Award is jointly presented to Amity Lobb and Aaliyah Edwards for their outstanding actions in demonstrating quick thinking and courage in confronting an individual who had behaved inappropriately towards them.
Amity and Aaliyah’s brave actions in reporting and identifying the male, which led to a quick arrest, left a lasting impression on both Investigating Officers and SAPOL members supporting this award.
Amity and Aaliyah continued to assist SAPOL throughout the lengthy court process, the male received a four year prison term for multiple Serious Offences. Without their assistance the male would still be continuing his offending.
Aaliyah and Amity are highly commended for their actions, which greatly assisted SAPOL in protecting the Community from an individual who posed a significant risk to young women.
On Wednesday, 22nd of March 2023, a presentation and afternoon tea was held at SA Police Headquarters to recognise and present Aaliyah and Amity with their award. We thank them for their time, dedication and support to SA Police and the community.
Congratulations Aaliyah and Amity.