2023 Australian Police Medal recipients

South Australia Police is proud to acknowledge three recipients of the Australian Police Medal announced today. Superintendent Guy Buckley, Senior Sergeant Kylie-Marie England and Senior Sergeant First Class Paul Kameniar have all been included in the Australia Day Honours List for their contribution to policing.

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the Australian Police Medal (APM) recognises distinguished service to members of police services.

“I congratulate Guy, Kylie-Marie and Paul on receiving the APM. They have all made a significant contribution to not only South Australian Police, but the wider community of this state,” he said.

Superintendent Guy BUCKLEY

Superintendent Guy Buckley joined South Australia Police (SAPOL) in 1983, and six years later joined Special Tasks and Rescue (STAR) where he served in various roles for 13 years.

He was promoted to Inspector in 2002 and to Chief Inspector in 2006 where he was Staff Officer to Commissioner Mal Hyde and Deputy Commissioner Gary Burns for six years.

Former Officer in Charge Holden Hill Local Service Area, now serving as Officer in Charge of Northern District, Superintendent Buckley provides guidance, advice, direction and leadership to all frontline staff, especially during organisational reform. He has positively influenced countless frontline members in a challenging policing environment and been proactive in establishing positive and effective working relationships with local Members of Parliament and councils within Northern District. This work has enabled SAPOL to work collaboratively with the community to reduce and prevent crime.

Superintendent Buckley has also displayed innovation, getting the first thermal imaging device on State Rescue Helicopters for use by police, led the police planning for some of the largest operations held in this state including World Police Fire Games, Roxby Downs protests, Australian/United States Ministerial meeting, APEC, the trial of employing nurses in police custody facilities at Elizabeth now being a permanent feature in the metropolitan area. He has also shown an innate understanding of the impact of mental health demands on frontline operational police by working proactively and tirelessly to seek improvements in this critical area.

Superintendent Buckley’s vast policing experience and renowned ability to provide strong, effective and positive leadership has delivered positive outcomes for staff and the public and been integral to SAPOL achieving safer communities.

Senior Sergeant Kylie-Marie ENGLAND

Senior Sergeant Kylie-Marie England joined South Australia Police (SAPOL) in 1993 with her first posting at Port Adelaide. She gained specialist operational policing experience in Licensing and Gaming Advice Section, Child and Family Investigation Section, Communications Centre and Sexual Assault Unit. She then built on her organisational knowledge from roles within Recruiting Section, Constable Development Unit and Learning and Development Services and as a Training and Development Coordinator.

Senior Sergeant England’s extensive experience, achievements and expertise are primarily recognised within SAPOL’s training environment where she supports frontline police by providing training that is rigorous, developmental and fit for purpose. This ensures frontline members are adequately trained to provide services to the community in times of emergency and disaster.

Integral to the success of several significant corporate training projects, her contribution to the implementation and facilitation of programs and innovations is extensive, demonstrating a sustained commitment to the development of both frontline and specialist personnel.

She exhibits initiative, exemplary leadership and a sustained commitment to quality training and assessment outcomes evidenced through the delivery of substantial improvements to the design, development, coordination and management of training across SAPOL. Her outstanding dedication, work ethic, and in-depth knowledge of training and assessment requirements have ensured that recruit and in-service training is driven forward.

Senior Sergeant England’s significant contribution to teaching others has created a lasting legacy, following in the footsteps of her father Detective Superintendent Barry England who was also awarded the Australian Police Medal for his contribution to training.

Senior Sergeant First Class Paul Joseph KAMENIAR

Senior Sergeant First Class Paul Kameniar joined South Australia Police (SAPOL) in 1988, initially serving in various operational roles before being promoted to Sergeant in 2001 and Senior Sergeant in 2003, both in Local Service Area intelligence positions.

He performed roles in Strategic Projects and Innovation, Intelligence and Planning, and Traffic Services before joining Health, Safety and Welfare Branch in 2018. As Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, he has been the primary driver of the many programs implemented to enhance the health and wellbeing of SAPOL’s workforce.

Senior Sergeant Kameniar advocates tirelessly for initiatives and support for programs that improve the physical and mental health of employees due to the direct link between physical activity and people’s physical and psychological wellbeing. He established a range of successful initiatives, most notably the Fitness Passport; Reconditioning Program; Operation Nutrition Support; My Health, My Wellbeing website; physical and mental health resilience training; and a network of Health and Wellbeing Officers. He has also established partnerships with Flinders University regarding sleep health and South Australia Health Medical Research Institute in delivering their Be Well Co Program across SAPOL. These have proven popular and instrumental in improving the overall health and wellbeing of SAPOL employees.

He is recognised for his innovation and development of best practice processes and systems that substantially contribute to enhancing SAPOL’s effectiveness. His dedication and unquestionable focus on improving the physical and mental health of SAPOL employees is vitally important as staff adapt to the significant effects of COVID-19 on their lives.

Senior Sergeant First Class Kameniar’s leadership, strong drive, and desire to improve employees’ health and wellbeing has directly contributed to the overall health of the organisation and its capacity to provide effective service delivery to the community.

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