Commissioner Ian Stewart today welcomed the announcement of the six recipients of the Australian Police Medal (APM) from the QPS ranks who have been nationally honoured for this distinguished service.
The QPS APM recipients share a vast and diverse career history between them, having served over Queensland in a number of roles.
Assistant Commissioner Maurice Carless, State Crime Command; Chief Superintendent Martin Mickelson, South Eastern Region; Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy, Brisbane Region; Inspector Jo-Anne Henderson, Brisbane Region; Sergeant Linda Smith, South Eastern Region; and Senior Constable Neale McShane, Northern Region, will be presented their APM at an upcoming ceremony.
Assistant Commissioner Maurice Carless is recognised for his leadership and excellence in organisational improvement, change management, and operational planning. Since graduating from the QPS Academy in September 1986, he has served with distinction in a range of police appointments, including in the roles of District Inspector, Regional Crime Coordinator, District Officer and Detective Chief Superintendent. Assistant Commissioner Carless is recognised for his commitment to organisational and cultural change management following the ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ report into police corruption and was chosen as the ‘Change Champion’ for the Central Region to implement the changes from the QPS restructure. Assistant Commissioner Carless has studied and worked with police in New Zealand, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and New Scotland Yard and is acknowledged as a leader who implements change.
Chief Superintendent Martin Mickelson has demonstrated skill and expertise in many policing areas throughout his career that commenced in 1979, with particular emphasis on criminal investigations and intelligence, where he has led a number of significant change initiatives. Following a secondment to the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence in Canberra, Chief Superintendent Mickelson was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Queensland Police Intelligence Network which significantly improved the intelligence product delivered to operational officers. He later went on to play an integral role in the development and implementation of Telephone Interception capabilities to the QPS, a capability that now plays a crucial role in the investigation of major crime throughout Queensland. Chief Superintendent Mickelson is recognised for his commitment, dedication and as a strong leader who can implement change and foster innovation in a diverse and dynamic policing environment.
Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy has demonstrated outstanding dedication, commitment and leadership during his nearly 30 years with the QPS. His commitment, skill and expertise in operational policing practices, organisational improvement and professional development have contributed to his effectiveness in key positions in both operational and corporate sections of the QPS. His professionalism, leadership abilities, strategic planning skills, and commitment to training and development of police officers epitomise the pursuit of excellence and have contributed to the enhancement of ethical standards, discipline and professional practice of the QPS. Chief Superintendent Chelepy has served the community in Queensland in a broad range of operational responsibilities, and he is recognised for his leadership and strategic planning skills and commitment to ongoing education, training and development of police officers. Chief Superintendent Chelepy is acknowledged as a leader who can implement change and his approach to his own professional development and the encouragement of police officers to seek out higher education and development opportunities are indicative of his commitment to continuous improvement.
Inspector Jo-Anne Henderson has served the QPS and the community with distinction for the past 24 years since graduating from the Academy in 1991. During her career she has worked in a variety of operational, training and corporate positions in both non-commissioned and commissioned roles. Inspector Henderson has contributed significantly by way of outstanding leadership and efficiency in management of projects and initiatives that have benefited the QPS and the community. Inspector Henderson was responsible for the Child Safety Coordination Unit, State Crime Operations Command, providing strategic and policy advice on child protection and youth justice issues to the QPS Child Safety Director and Commissioner and the provision of specialist forensic interviewing of children training state-wide for six years. The work required significant leadership, strategic direction and excellence in change management skills.
Sergeant Linda Smith graduated from the Academy in 1991 and is recognised for her dedication to General Duties policing and for her success and commitment to the Police Prosecution Corps. Sergeant Smith has served with distinction in a range of police appointments during her career including lengthy postings to isolated communities. She is acknowledged for her service to the community of Queensland through her dedication to policing in rural communities. Sergeant Smith was instrumental in the establishment of the Longreach Police Prosecution Corps, a role which she undertook whilst maintaining her substantive position as Officer in Charge of Muttaburra Police Station. As a part of this role she liaised extensively with other government agencies and external service providers in ensuring the delivery of quality outcomes to the community. She has made significant improvements to policing strategies and the delivery of services to the broader community.
Senior Constable Neale McShane was sworn in to the QPS in June 1995 after serving in the Victorian Police for 19 years. Senior Constable McShane has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment during his career with the QPS and is recognised for his leadership and excellence in operational policing and community engagement. He has served his entire career with the QPS in the Northern Region with distinction in a range of police appointments where he has displayed commitment and skill in operational policing and has sought to enhance service delivery based on policing priorities and community needs and expectations. He is highly respected by the people of Birdsville and the surrounding communities. This respect is further highlighted by the high esteem in which he is held by police from South Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, which all boarder the Birdsville Division.
Commissioner Stewart acknowledged the dedication of each of the APM recipients.
“These APM recipients come from varied careers but each displays the desired and exemplary attributes of a QPS officer,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“I would like to congratulate and give my own personal thanks to each of the officers and also that on behalf of the Service.”