Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services Mark Ryan and Commissioner Ian Stewart have congratulated officers, a civilian and police dogs from the Gold Coast District who received medals, certificates and awards at a ceremony held at the Upper Coomera Community Centre.
Today’s Honours and Awards ceremony recognised the brave actions of eight officers and one civilian involved in the Arundel Tavern Shooting which happened in 2013.
Senior Sergeant Gary Hamrey and Senior Constable Stephen Cook received the Queensland Police Valour Award and Sergeant Gregory St Clair, Senior Constable Danijel Lukic and Constable Lachlan Knowles each received a Queensland Police Service Bravery Medal for their role in responding to and investigating the Arundel Tavern Shooting.
Senior Sergeant Marc Kimber, Detective Senior Sergeant Ian Armbruster and Detective Senior Constable Julie Castle received the Commissioner’s Certificate for Notable Action for their significant acts when placed in a potentially hazardous situation in the Arundel Tavern Shooting.
Ms Stacey Denman received the Commissioner’s Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding assistance throughout the Arundel Tavern Shooting.
The Commissioner’s Certificate (Operational) was awarded to 13 officers and one police dog for their role in responding to and investigating the Broadbeach OMCG incident in 2013.
The Queensland Police Service Medal (QPSM) was presented to six officers. The QPSM is an award approved by the Commissioner in recognition of diligent and ethical service by Queensland Police Service (QPS) employees after 10 years of full-time qualifying service.
The QPSM Clasp is awarded to officers and staff upon completion of each additional five years of service. Commissioner Stewart presented one 35 years of service clasp to Inspector Greg Baade. A further 11 Clasps were presented.
Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd awarded the Assistant Commissioner’s Certificate to Sergeant Danny Rahe and Constable Michael Mamaril for exceeding expectations in the execution of duty in an operational field.
The District Officer’s Certificate was awarded to Senior Constable Jeffrey Brier-Mills, Senior Constable Daniel Horne and Senior Constable Bev Ward for outstanding contributions to the delivery of policing services.
Eleven police officers and one client service officer were presented with the National Police Service Medal in acknowledgement of their past and future commitment to ethical and diligent service. This award recognises the special status sworn police officers have because of their role protecting the community.
The National Medal recognises 15 years of diligent service by members of Australian police forces, defence forces, and members of the ambulance and fire services. Clasps to the National Medal are awarded for a further period of 10 years’ service.
Commissioner Stewart presented the National Medal to seven officers. Three officers were awarded with the National Medal 1st Clasp for 25 years of service and two officers received the National Medal 2nd Clasp for 35 years of service.
A Commissioner’s Certificate of Appreciation, Queensland Police Meritorious Service Medal and Queensland Police Exemplary Conduct Medal were also awarded.
Police Dog Biff, Blitz, Ox, Robbie and Wizard and their handlers each received the Australian Defence Force Trackers and War Dogs Association Canine Service Medal.
Commissioner Stewart said all award recipients were of the highest calibre.
“Everyone presented with an award today shows the professionalism that is a hallmark of the QPS. Each of them should be justifiably proud of their service and the contribution they have made,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“It’s important we also acknowledge family and friends who provide our members with the essential support needed to perform our roles every day, who stand alongside all of us during both the challenging and the rewarding times.”