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Queensland Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey

Five Police Officers Honoured In Queen’s List

Victor P Taffa

Police Minister Jack Dempsey has congratulated five Queensland Police officers who have been awarded the Australian Police Medal as a part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mr. Dempsey said the nationally recognised medals were awarded to Superintendent Robert Waugh, Inspector Deborah Nicholson, Inspector Rolf Straatemeir, Senior Sergeant Megan McArthur, and Senior Sergeant Kenneth Rach for their outstanding work and dedication.

“I offer my congratulations to each of these officers for being honoured with such a prestigious award.” Mr. Dempsey said.

“Extraordinary people make exceptional Police officers and these five people have time and again shown they are an incredible asset to the Queensland Police Service (QPS).”

“Throughout their careers these five officers have all shown extraordinary diligence and commitment to their community and should each be proud of all they have achieved.”

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart APM said the five Police officers nominated are all individually and collectively prestigious members of the QPS and this award provides special recognition for their commendable service to the community of Queensland.

“These five officers come from diverse Policing backgrounds and have served with distinction, showing diligence and commitment to their specialised fields.” Commissioner Stewart said.

“The efforts of all award recipients reflect the Service’s collective objective to stop crime, make the community safer and build relationships across the community.”

“Each of them in their own sphere of operations and management has demonstrated our organisation’s values of courage, fairness and pride.”

“It’s great to see these officers, alongside their families and colleagues, honoured as recipients in today’s announcement of the 2013 Australian Police Medal.”

The medals will be presented at an upcoming ceremony at Government House in Brisbane.

Superintendent Waugh (G20 Planning Unit) is recognised for his leadership and excellence in organisational improvement, change management and operational planning. He is further recognised for his commitment to enhancing the capabilities of the Specialist Response Branch, which encompasses the Special Emergency Response Team, the Explosive Ordnance Response Team and Negotiators. Superintendent Waugh contributed to the continued development of systems and procedures linked to police communication centres throughout Queensland and in particular the Brisbane Police Communications Centre.

Inspector Nicholson (Ethical Standards Command) was acknowledged at an early stage in her policing career as a modern thinking, highly motivated and dedicated Police officer who showed a flair for investigations. Her professionalism and expertise in the area of investigative, training and administrative duties, together with her commitment to actively assist Queensland Police Service members and their families through the Community Supporting Police organization has made her an invaluable member of the Service.

Inspector Straatemeir (Far Northern Region) has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment during his 36-years of service. He is widely known for his leadership and excellence in operational planning to enhancing community safety and security, while developing the welfare of QPS members in the Mareeba Police District. Inspector Straatemeir is recognised in particular for his commitment to road safety in the Mareeba District, his work in reducing the impact of domestic violence on the community and improving the welfare of QPS in the District.

Senior Sergeant McArthur (South Eastern Region) is acknowledged for her dedication to excellence in policing as well as her commitment, diligence and aptitude toward policing. Senior Sergeant McArthur has showed extraordinary dedication to improving policing of indigenous communities, serving in isolated communities in both north and central Queensland. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of Officer in Charge or Woorabinda Police Station, becoming the first female police officer in Queensland to take up such a position in an indigenous community.

Senior Sergeant Rach (Operations Support Command) has served with distinction in a range of police appointments during his 40-year career, most notably in the challenging field of Disaster Victim Identification (DVI). Senior Sergeant Rach has displayed commitment, skill and excellence throughout his long involvement with DVI which has included deployments both nationally and internationally to significant events, including the bombings which occurred in Bali and the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami.


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