2018 Queensland Women in Policing Awards

The 2018 Queensland Women in Policing Awards were presented today as part of the Public Safety International Women’s Day event at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane, Queensland Police say.

The awards recognise the achievements of members of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) who have contributed to improving the standing of women in the QPS.

The award categories include leadership, mentoring and courage, recognition of initiatives and research.

Awards and recipients included

Trailblazer Award – Senior Sergeant Emma Reilly from Mornington Island Division
Mentor of the Year Award – Anna Papoutsakis from State Crime Command (Legal)
Courage and Integrity Award – Acting Sergeant Catherine Neilsen from Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad
Most Outstanding Female Leader Award – Sergeant Kim Lynch from Townsville Tactical Crime Squad
Most Outstanding Female Investigator Award – Detective Senior Constable Natalie Cooper from Townsville District CPIU (Palm Island)
Most Outstanding Female Practitioner Award – Constable Lisa Bruhn from Ayr Division
Most Outstanding Female Administrator Award – Pauline Dunn from Capalaba Police Beat
Most Outstanding Female Intelligence Practitioner Award – Sergeant Tracka Chan from State Intelligence Group
Excellence in Law Enforcement for Women Initiatives – Connected Women Program – Queensland Police Service and Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (QPS – Detective Inspector Karen Ballantyne, Inspector Jo-anne Henderson (Retired), Acting Inspector Janelle Andrews, Senior Sergeant Peta Comadira, Senior Sergeant Amanda Cornhill, Senior Sergeant Leonie Scott, Acting Senior Sergeant Michelle Piket and Sergeant Darnielle Fioriti –  Islamic Women’s Association of Australia Galila Abdelsalam (CEO) and Nora Smith) 
Champion of Change Award – Assistant Commissioner Maurice Carless from State Crime Command

The awards were presented by Commissioner Ian Stewart.

Key note speakers at the Public Safety International Women’s Day event were journalist Kay McGrath OAM and Cynthia Morton who is the founder of the Emotional Fitness program which has helped tens of thousands of people to improve their health and well-being.

Congratulations to all the winners!

/Public Release.