A Gold Coast police officer from the Elanora Police Beat has taken out the prestigious State award for the Adopt a Cop program!
Senior Constable Kurt Foessel was given the honour by Commissioner Ian Stewart and Minister for Police Mark Ryan at a special ceremony at Police Headquarters in Brisbane.
Senior Constable Foessel, who has been an Adopt a Cop for 14 years, says he is “very grateful” for the award and is extremely proud to be involved in the program.
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“For me it is not just about the kids, its about the community and me being linked into it,” he says.
“One of the great things is I get to see that there are a lot of great kids in our community, we deal with a small percentage of young people who are doing the wrong thing, but they are far outweighed by the good ones.”
Senior Constable Foessel is the coordinator for 11 schools in the Palm Beach division and has spent the last 11 years working with Palm Beach Currumbin High School and Elanora Primary School.
“The parents, staff, teachers, P and C, Crossing supervisors all get to know the human side of police officers,” Senior Constable Foessel said.
“Without positive community engagement like this their first interaction with police might be a negative one.”
The Adopt-a-Cop program aims to build positive relationships between police and members of the school community.
Currently, there are over 950 passionate Adopt-a-Cops performing duties in over 1100 Queensland schools.