Three Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) officers have been awarded the Australian Corrections Medal (ACM) as part of the Australia Day Honours List.
Minster for Corrective Services, Mark Ryan MP said QCS officers were front-line public safety officers playing a vital role in community safety.
“On behalf of the Government and the people of Queensland, I am honoured to congratulate this year’s Australian Corrections Medal recipients: Ms Roberta Embrey, Mr Steven Mitchell and Ms Chel Sealey,” Minister Ryan said.
“Roberta, Acting Chief Superintendent of Sentence Management Services, is recognised for her commitment to improving outcomes for prisoners and offenders within Queensland Corrective Services over her 24-year career and her significant contribution to community safety.
“Steven, a Senior Psychologist at Maryborough Correctional Centre, is recognised for his distinguished services to Queensland Corrective Services, to the rehabilitation of prisoners and to community safety throughout his 24-year-career.
“Chel, who is the Acting Superintendent of South Coast Region Community Corrections, is recognised for her distinguished service to Queensland Corrective Services, particularly in the Community Corrections field, throughout her 15-year career.
“Congratulations to Roberta, Steven and Chel for their efforts to keep the community safe and for the for their distinguished service to the people of Queensland,” Minister Ryan said.
Commissioner Peter Martin APM said this year’s recipients represented the many different roles that corrective services officers play to keep the community of Queensland safe.
“Roberta, Steven and Chel work in different fields across our state, which highlights the various ways our officers make a real difference to community safety,” Commissioner Martin said.
“One of the guiding principles of Corrections 2030 is excellence, and it is important that we appropriately recognise our officers who demonstrate excellent work as they perform their vital role of keeping the community safe,”
“On behalf of all QCS officers, my warmest congratulations go to Roberta, Steven and Chel for their commitment to the safety of the community.”
Established in 2017, the ACM is awarded every year on Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday (June) for distinguished service by correctional officers across Australia.
The Australian Corrections Medal features the Federation Star and bears the scales of justice and is surrounded by a laurel of Australian wattle.