Police officers and staff members recognised at QPS awards ceremony

Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services the Honourable Mark Ryan MP and Commissioner Ian Stewart have congratulated officers and staff members from the Queensland Police Service and Public Safety Business Agency who received medals, certificates and awards at a ceremony held at Police Headquarters today.

Minister Ryan awarded Commissioner Stewart with his Third Clasp to the National Medal and 45-Year Clasp to the Queensland Police Service Medal.

“I am very fortunate today to be acknowledging Commissioner Stewart who is the first to receive the Third Clasp to the National Medal for recognition of 45 years of dedicated service to Queensland,” Minister Ryan said.

Today’s ceremony saw the Queensland Police Service Medal presented to two sworn officers and 15 staff members.

The Queensland Police Service Medal is an award approved by the Commissioner of Police in recognition of diligent and ethical service by QPS employees after 10 years of full-time qualifying service.

The following members received the Queensland Police Service Medal; Sergeant Kirstine Bambrick, Sergeant Kaz Doyle, Ms Yvonne Cavell, Mr Leo Chan, Mr Liam Cox, Mr Dave Garside, Mr Joshua Harber, Ms Sarah Hegerty, Ms Heather Jablonski, Mr Yuan Lee, Mr Angus MacCracken, Mr Terry McLaughlin, Ms Danielle Metcalf, Ms Ruth Nathan, Ms Hazel Osborne, Ms Denise Pickering and Mr David Stubbs.

The Queensland Police Service Medal Clasp is awarded to officers and staff upon completion of an extra five years of service. Commissioner Stewart presented one 35-years of service clasp to Inspector Mark Laing. A further 11 clasps were presented ranging from 15 years to 30 years.

Sergeant Mark Linwood, Sergeant Daniel Thomas, Senior Constable Matthew Glew, Senior Constable Marcelle Sannazzaro, Detective Senior Constable Peter Scott and former Detective Senior Constable Andrew Harris received the National Police Service Medal in acknowledgement of past and future commitment to protecting the community.

Sergeant Linwood, Sergeant Thomas, Senior Constable Glew, Senior Constable Sannazzaro and Detective Senior Constable Scott also received the National Medal which recognises 15 years of diligent service by members of Australian police forces, defence forces and members of the ambulance and fire services.

Former Assistant Commissioner Paul Stewart and Inspector Mark Laing received their Second Clasp to the National Medal.

Deputy Commissioner Stephan Gollschewski was awarded the Queensland Police Exemplary Conduct Medal with Commonwealth Games Clasp for demonstrating exemplary conduct in a role which enhances the professional image of the service.

The Commissioner’s Certificate (Operational) was awarded to Detective Senior Constable Melissa Atkin. Inspector Mark Jackson was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Minister Ryan said that the award recipients had an important hand in shaping Queensland and the lives of many people who live, work and visit the state.

“I know that you will continue to work in a professional, responsive, and ethical way to ensure the safety and quality of life for the people of Queensland for the years to come,” Minister Ryan said.

Commissioner Stewart said all award recipients reflected the hard work and professionalism that the Queensland Police Service and Public Safety Business Agency upheld.

“Each recipient should be very proud of their achievements today. You have displayed a commendable work ethic as a member of the Queensland Police Service,” Commissioner Stewart said.

Minister Ryan also took this opportunity to thank Commissioner Stewart for his support and assistance during his role as Police Commissioner.

“It has been my pleasure to be able to share these times with you and to recognise the members of the Queensland Police Service and the exceptional work that you all do,” Minister Ryan said.

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