QPS wins gold for Commonwealth Games security

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, Chief Superintendent Matthew Vanderbyl and Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford with award, Queensland Police says

The Queensland Police Service has been recognised for its management of the security for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, at the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management in Canberra.

Commissioner Ian Stewart attended the event, along with Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, Chief Superintendent Matthew Vanderbyl and Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford.

The QPS was nominated for Operation Sentinel, undertaken by the Commonwealth Games Group for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

This integrated security operation drew on learning from major terrorist incidents overseas to ensure safety for athletes, attendees, staff and volunteers.

The QPS engaged with experienced international practitioners, including senior planners from the London Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and other global sporting events.

This allowed the QPS to plan and execute a comprehensive strategy and deliver all desired outcomes in a timely manner.

For Operation Sentinel, the QPS received a Collaboration Award from the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), “for its very effective integration across multiple agencies at all levels of government”.

The IPAA also noted “The standards of stakeholder engagement, planning, governance, people management and innovation were of the highest order.”

The Operation went on to win the overall Gold Award for its exceptional and exemplary success.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the Commonwealth Games Group for this excellent achievement, and for delivering the highest level of security at Queensland’s world-class sporting event!

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