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Queensland Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services Mark Ryan

Far North District Police Officers Recognised In Awards Ceremony

Victor P Taffa

Mr. Michael Healy MP and Chief Superintendent Brett Schafferius have congratulated Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers and staff, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Australian Federal Police members who received medals and awards at a ceremony in Cairns this morning.

Mr. Michael Healy MP, Member for Cairns represented the Honourable Mark Ryan, Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services at the ceremony.

Today’s ceremony saw 28 QPS officers and staff members recognised for their outstanding commitment to serve the Queensland community.

“Recipients have demonstrated a range of skills and attributes that highlight boundless dedication and commitment, not only to their profession, but also to Queensland communities.” Mr. Healy said.

Chief Superintendent Schafferius presented the Queensland Police Meritorious Service Medal to Senior Sergeant John McArthur and Detective Sergeant Kristy Wilson.

Award recognises members of the QPS who have provided a continued substantial contribution in a number of areas within the QPS over an extended period of time.

Chief Superintendent Schafferius presented the Queensland Police Exemplary Conduct Medal to Sergeant Stephen Tillett for his role in enhancing the professional image of the QPS.

Queensland Police Bravery Medal was awarded to Detective Senior Constable Jeremy Carter and Senior Constable Daniel Fysh for their acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

Chief Superintendent Schafferius presented Sergeant Hayley Firth, Kristy Wilson and Winfried Weiss the National Police Service Medal.

This medal recognises a Police officer’s past and future commitment to give ethical and diligent service.

2 officers received the National Medal, and another 2 officers also received their clasps for extended service.

  • Inspector Stephen Kersley received his 2nd Clasp for 35 years of service,
  • Sergeant Damian Meadows received his 1st Clasp for 25 years of service.

National medal recognises 15 years of diligent service by members of the Defence Force, Australian Police forces, and fire and ambulance services.

Chief Superintendent Schafferius presented the Queensland Police Service Medal (QPSM) to 2 officers, 1 Police Liaison Officer and 1 Administration Officer.

A range of clasps were also awarded from 15-40 years of service.

QPSM is awarded to a member or former member who has accrued 10 years continuous full-time qualifying service.

A range of certificates were also presented including the Commissioner’s Certificate Operational, which was awarded to 2 officers who displayed intelligence, resourcefulness and/or dedication to duty to a degree far exceeding what might reasonably be expected from an efficient member of the Police Service in the execution of duty in the operational field.

1 officer received the Assistant Commissioner’s Certificate Operational and another 2 officers received the Assistant Commissioner’s Certificate Corporate and Support.

Chief Superintendent Brett Schafferius said today’s ceremony demonstrated the hard work and dedication amongst the QPS, QFES and AFP.

“To the QPS members who received medals and certificates today, thank you for your dedication to the role, commitment to Policing and service to the community of Queensland.” Chief Superintendent Schafferius said.

“Contribution of all recipients is invaluable to the communities in which they serve and shows the professionalism that is a hallmark of the QPS.”

“This is the very reason why Queenslanders place their faith and confidence in their emergency services.”


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