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Australian Police Medal awarded to Service’s finest

Commissioner Ian Stewart today welcomed the announcement of the six officers who will receive the Australian Police Medal (APM) for their distinguished service.

The QPS APM recipients share a vast and varied career history between them, having served over Queensland in a number of roles.

Detective Superintendent Cameron Harsley, State Crime Command; Detective Superintendent Brian Wilkins, Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism & Major Events Command; Inspector Michael Bianchi, Southern Region; Inspector Robyn Crozier, Human Resources; Senior Sergeant Shaun Dinon, Road Policing Command; and Senior Sergeant Leeanne Roach, Brisbane Region will be presented their APM at an upcoming ceremony at Government House in Brisbane.

Detective Superintendent Cameron Harsley
State Crime Command

Detective Superintendent Cameron Harsley graduated from the Academy in 1990 and has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment during his career with the QPS. He is recognised for his leadership and excellence in improving capability, policy and performance particularly in the area of Child Safety. Detective Superintendent Harsley is acknowledged as a dynamic leader who strives to build organisational capability and capacity within his area of control. He has performed with distinction and commitment to duty, particularly in the field of Child Safety practices.

Detective Superintendent Brian Wilkins
Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism & Major Events Command

Detective Superintendent Brian Wilkins is recognised for his dedication to criminal investigations, in particular his ability to manage and direct major and protracted investigations. He is regarded as one of the QPS’s leading investigators. Detective Superintendent Wilkins’ tenacity regarding all investigations he and his team undertake cannot be questioned. His continued high degree of motivation and dedication is infectious. His subordinates reflect those same work ethics, resulting in cohesive investigative teams, assisting the Queensland community in the successful outcomes of Queensland’s most infamous criminal investigations.

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Inspector Michael Bianchi
Southern Region

Inspector Michael Bianchi has served the Queensland Police Service and community with distinction for the past 29 years. Inspector Bianchi has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment during his career and is recognised for his integrity, leadership and excellence in organisational change management and operational policing. His professionalism, expertise and leadership in the roles of District Officer have earned the respect of his peers and the support of his subordinates. Inspector Bianchi is acknowledged as a leader who can implement change and is seen as a role model for many officers within the Service. His leadership abilities and professionalism are qualities that reflect the high standards which are expected of an officer of the Queensland Police Service.

Inspector Robyn Crozier
Human Resources

Inspector Robyn Crozier has 25 years of service with the QPS and has performed duty in general duties, education and training, strategy and performance and police recruitment. Inspector Crozier has spent the majority of her career in the field of education and training, most notably 15 years of which was dedicated to the Operational Skills and Tactics Unit (OSTU). Inspector Crozier has been recognised for her exceptional commitment to organisational improvement and fostering of innovative practices in the field of Operational Skills and Tactics (OST), in particular leading the implementation of the Taser as a Use of Force Option into the QPS. Inspector Crozier has demonstrated a commitment to the continuous improvement of the OSTU. She has ensured the QPS remains a leader in OST training on a domestic and international level. She is highly respected as an OST instructor and acknowledged as a leader and expert in the field of Operational Skills and Tactics.

Senior Sergeant Shaun Dinon
Road Policing Command

Senior Sergeant Dinon is recognised for his leadership and excellence in the field of road policing and for his commitment in working in partnership with stakeholders to achieve road safety benefits. Senior Sergeant Dinon is one of the most experienced road policing officers within the QPS. His distinguishing traffic and road policing career has spanned 22 continuous years, rising from a member of a traffic branch on the Gold Coast to the Officer in Charge of a major Brisbane road policing unit. Senior Sergeant Dinon is proficient in all aspects of road policing including leading and directing an intelligence driven road policing unit. His professionalism, expertise and leadership as an Officer in Charge have earned the respect of his peers and the support of his subordinates.

Senior Sergeant Leeanne Roach
Brisbane Region

Senior Sergeant Leeanne Roach has served with distinction in a range of appointments throughout her 25 years in the QPS. Senior Sergeant Roach is recognised for her dedication and contribution to policing in Queensland and to the community, both on and off duty. She is a capable leader and supervisor who has displayed commitment and skill in general duties policing and working with the community. Senior Sergeant Roach is acknowledged for her commitment, diligence and effectiveness in working in partnership with other government departments and community groups to achieve positive outcomes. Senior Sergeant Roach is a competent and dedicated officer who has displayed a continued commitment to her duty and the community as a frontline police officer.

Commissioner Stewart acknowledged the dedication and tireless effort of each of the APM recipients.

“Through their varied careers each of these recipients have displayed the desired and exemplary attributes of a QPS officer,” said Commissioner Stewart.

“I would like to give my own personal thanks and congratulations to each of the officers and also that on behalf of the Service.”

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