QUEENSLAND’s Police Commissioner has been recognised for his incredible 45-years of service to the state.
Police Minister Mark Ryan awarded Commissioner Ian Stewart with his Third Clasp to the National Medal at a ceremony at Police Headquarters in Brisbane on Friday.
Commissioner Stewart is the first officer to receive the medal for recognition of 45 years of service.
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Friday’s ceremony also saw two sworn officers and 15 staff members awarded the Queensland Police Service Medal in recognition of their diligent and ethical service after completing 10 years of full-time service.
The Queensland Police Service Medal Clasp was awarded to Inspector Mark Laing for 35-years of service, while a further 11 clasps were presented ranging from 15 years to 30 years.
The clasp is awarded to officers and staff upon completion of an extra five years of service.
Eleven other detectives, sergeants, senior constables, inspectors and former assistant commissioners received various other awards for their services.
Deputy Commissioner Stephan Gollschewski was awarded the Queensland Police Exemplary Conduct Medal with Commonwealth Games Clasp for demonstrating exemplary conduct.
Minister Ryan said that the award recipients had an important hand in shaping Queensland and the lives of many people who live, work and visit the state.
“I know that you will continue to work in a professional, responsive, and ethical way to ensure the safety and quality of life for the people of Queensland for the years to come,” Minister Ryan said.
Commissioner Stewart said all award recipients reflected the hard work and professionalism that the Queensland Police Service and Public Safety Business Agency upheld.
“Each recipient should be very proud of their achievements today. You have displayed a commendable work ethic as a member of the Queensland Police Service,” Commissioner Stewart said.
Minister Ryan also took the opportunity to thank Commissioner Stewart for his support and assistance during his role as Police Commissioner.
“It has been my pleasure to be able to share these times with you and to recognise the members of the Queensland Police Service and the exceptional work that you all do,” Minister Ryan said.