Mr Scott Stewart MP and Chief Superintendent Kev Guteridge have congratulated officers and staff members from the Townsville District who received medals, certificates and awards at a ceremony held at the Townsville Police Community Youth Centre.
The presentation saw the Queensland Police Service Medal presented to 31 officers and four staff members. The Queensland Police Service Medal 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 Queensland Police Service Medal Clasp is awarded to officers and staff upon completion of an extra five years of service. Chief Superintendent Guteridge presented one 35 years of service clasp and one 30 years of service clasps. A further 18 Clasps were presented.
Chief Superintendent Guteridge awarded the Assistant Commissioner’s Certificate to Senior Constable Aaron Goldburg, Constable Shane Warren, Constable Stephanie Reedman, Constable Jordan Gage and Constable Grant Stallard for exceeding expectations in execution of duty in an operational field. The District Officer’s Certificate was awarded to Constable Dylan Maestri for his outstanding contributions to the delivery of policing services.
Thirteen police officers 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 10years’ service.
Chief Superintendent Guteridge presented the National Medal to eight officers. Senior Sergeant Brendan White was awarded his 2nd Clasp for thirty-five years of service.
The 2016 Awards for Excellence was presented to five officers and staff to recognise, acknowledge and reward excellent, innovative, creative and outstanding initiatives, teams and individuals.
Senior Sergeant Graham Lohmann was presented with a Meritorious Service Medal and Certificate for providing a continued substantial contribution in a number of areas within the QPS over an extended period of time.
Chief Superintendent Guteridge 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 may be justifiably proud of their service and the contribution they have made,” Chief Superintendent Guteridge said.
“It’s important we also acknowledge family and friends who provide officers the essential support needed to perform our roles every day, who stand alongside all of us during both the challenging and the rewarding times.”