Traditionally the ‘hard yakka’ of catching armed robbers running around in the community is the work of the sworn members of the police service—the general duties crews who arrive in a cloud of dust, sirens blaring and vested up. Or, the Detectives who meticulously put together the pieces of the puzzle and relentlessly follow up leads to bring an offender to justice.
Well, we do it a little different at ‘The Ridge’, as seen by the apprehension of a suspect wanted for questioning over an armed robbery. This arrest was due to the keen eye for detail of Acacia Ridge Station’s Counter Service Officer, Ms Sherrie Lobley.
In late January a “Be On The Look Out For” email had been circulated to all police in Brisbane, seeking the identity of a suspect wanted for questioning over an armed robbery. A dark grainy image from CCTV footage was included, together with a general description.
This email would have been one of literally dozens of such requests for information that every officer received, having been circulated via the police email system. But Sherrie’s previous service in the Acacia Ridge Intelligence Office stood her in good stead as she looked at the picture and realised she had seen the suspect earlier that month when he had attended the station on another matter.
Within hours of having informed Centenary Detectives of the identity of the suspect, he was taken into custody. Prior to this, his identity remained a mystery and may never have been discovered, given the poor quality of the picture.
At a recent awards ceremony Commissioner Stewart presented Ms Sherrie Lobley with an Assistant Commissioner’s Letter of Appreciation, for her excellent observation skills and dedication to her duties that led to the apprehension of the suspect.
As Sherrie prepares to mark off her first decade as a QPS employee, her friends and colleagues in the Centenary Patrol are very proud of her (and some of us are a little jealous of her keen memory for faces!)