The Governor addresses a reception to thank the officers of Taskforce Rodia
The Governor expresses his thanks, and that of all West Australians, to Taskforce Rodia officers

Special reception in honour of WA Police’s Taskforce Rodia

A special reception at Government House to honour, acknowledge and thank all those involved in Taskforce Rodia, the WA Police operation that rescued little Cleo Smith and reunited her with her loving family.

Jointly hosted by the Governor and the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Mark McGowan MLA, the event paid tribute to the tireless efforts of the 140-strong police taskforce over a gruelling 18-day search for Cleo who disappeared from her tent during a family holiday.

During the search that followed officers reviewed 2500 calls to Crimestoppers, interviewed 180 witnesses, and watched hundreds of hours of CCTV.

The Government House reception was a way to say thanks to the unrelenting efforts of the taskforce, those who supported them, as well as their families who felt and experienced so much alongside them.

“To the Taskforce Rodia team, thank you for everything you have done serving the Western Australian community,” said the Governor.

“I know I speak for everyone in this state when I say we are so incredibly proud of the WA Police and all gathered here tonight for your dedication and your determination.”

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