Acknowledgement to Country Ceremony at Police HQ

As part of the Look to the Stars project police facilities across the state are utilising the artwork and installing Acknowledgement to Country plaques, Queensland Police say.

On Thursday August 30 Police Headquarters held a ceremony to install a plaque with local Elders invited to the ceremony.

Acting Inspector Joanna Stone performed the role of Master of Ceremonies and invited Police Liaison Officer (PLO) Michael Douglas to perform the Welcome to Country.

PLO Douglas acknowledged the traditional owners of the land and gave an impassioned Welcome to Country stating the importance of stories being passed from Elders to new generations.

Reverend Jeffrey Baills from Southern Region led a prayer. Before the prayer he discussed his admiration for the artwork and its incorporation of Sir Robert Peel’s nine Principals of Policing as stars especially principle seven and ‘the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police’.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said that the artwork presented an opportunity for the police to engage with the community.

“By building stronger relationships with Indigenous communities we can realise true reconciliation built upon trust and respect.

“The plaque will remind our members of the important role that Indigenous people have in our organisation and understand our past and present relationships to build a stronger future,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski invited Uncle Bill Ivinson, as a member of the reference group who informed the production of the artwork, to assist him and unveil the plaque.

Before the conclusion of the ceremony Shannon Ruska of the Nunukul Yuggera Dance Troupe performed a smoking ceremony on the plaque.

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