The Rotary Club of South Brisbane recognised officers from emergency services, such as the Queensland Police Service, the Queensland Ambulance Service, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and the State Emergency Services, at an award ceremony held on Monday September 5.
Since 2012, the Rotary Club of South Brisbane Essential Services Award has been presented to officers from an essential service that have shown to be providing a service over and above their normal duties through their dedication to their vocation and their service and contribution to the community.
Four officers from the QPS: Acting Sergeant Megan Meleady, Sergeant Michael Coulson, Senior Constable Vernon Wootton and Senior Constable Aaron Bobbermen, received the Essential Services Award after being nominated by their Officers in Charge for their exemplary dedication, commitment and high standard of service to the community.
Acting Sergeant Megan Meleady of the Upper Mount Gravatt Station has undertaken community engagement through the Neighbourhood Watch program and has also handled the DV Risk Management Portfolio to an extremely high standard. She has relieved at higher rank and has also acted as the Domestic & Family Violence Coordinator for the Bayside Patrol Group including being an inaugural member of the District Vulnerable Persons Unit. Her performance is always exemplary.
Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy, Acting Sergeant Megan Meleady and Acting Commissioner Brett Pointing
Sergeant Michael Coulson from the West End Station performs more extra duties than most shift supervisors within the South Brisbane District and is well respected amongst his peers. He displays good leadership and supervision of staff within his control. Sergeant Coulson has been the Acting Officer in Charge of West End Station since May 2016 and he has built relationships within the local community by regularly engaging with community stakeholders on a broad range of issues, ensuring that maintaining public safety and stopping crime within the community is paramount.
Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy, Sergeant Michael Coulson and Acting Commissioner Brett Pointing
Senior Constable Vernon Wootton from Upper Mount Gravatt Station has relieved in the area of CPIU and also as the Station Domestic & Family Violence Coordinator where he provides a high standard of advice and dedication to the portfolio. Despite personal issues, he has remained committed to his position as a police officer and has provided a high standard of service to the community whilst working at the Sunnybank Police Beat and now at the Vulnerable Persons Unit.
Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy, Senior Constable Vernon Wootton and Acting Commissioner Brett Pointing
Senior Constable Aaron Bobbermen is a member of a bicycle squad based at Southbank Police Station. Constable Bobbermen has cemented his reputation as a courteous officer that gets the job done with a minimum of fuss. He has been commended for his prompt action and excellent investigative skills and has also been the driving force behind a bicycle safety campaign that culminated with a ‘Bike Squad Coffee with a Cop’ morning.
Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy, Senior Constable Aaron Bobbermen and Acting Commissioner Brett Pointing
Congratulations to all the award recipients; the QPS and South Brisbane District are extremely proud of you.
Chief Superintendent Shane Chelepy and Acting Commissioner Brett Pointing with the four QPS officers who received the Essential Services Award