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30 June, 2021

Mackay officers and staff honoured at awards ceremony

See which of our Mackay Region's tops cops have been recognised for their great work and efforts in a special awards ceremony this week! Do you know any of them? See who was honoured!


Yesterday, Assistant Commissioner Kevin Guteridge joined Member for Mackay and Assistant Minister for State Development, Mrs Julieanne Gilbert MP for a Queensland Police Service (QPS) medal presentation ceremony in Mackay.

The presentation saw 45 Mackay District police officers and staff members recognised for their ethical, diligent and long service to the Queensland community.

Assistant Commissioner Guteridge said it was always fantastic to see officers and staff recognised for their achievements and dedication to the community.

“Although it’s a rewarding job in itself, it is wonderful that we are able to formally recognise and congratulate our fellow officers for their good work and long-term commitment to the service,” Assistant Commissioner Guteridge said.

“I am incredibly proud to commend the award recipients for their efforts, the example they are setting and the hard work it takes to achieve recognition with these awards.”

The ceremony included the presentation of:

  • Four national police service medals – which represents an officer’s past and future commitment to give ethical and diligent service and recognises the special status that sworn police have in their role protecting the community.
  • Five national medals or clasps – awarded to members who have completed 15 years of service and continue to protect life and property.
  • 27 QPS medals or clasps – awarded after a member, in addition to accruing 10 years’ continuous full-time qualifying service, are fit, proper and meet expectations of the Police Commissioner.
  • One Commissioner’s certificate of notable action – issued for a significant act when placed in a potentially hazardous situation.
  • Six Assistant Commissioner certificates – awarded for displaying intelligence, resourcefulness and dedication to duty.
  • Eight District Officer’s certificates – displaying outstanding work in the Mackay District.
  • One field training officer award – awarded for commitment to training, mentoring and leadership.
  • One detective appointment certificate – awarded for undertaking detective training for the Mackay District.
  • One woman in policing award – mentor of the year award – presented to an officer in recognition of mentoring and developing women in policing.

The full list of award recipients is below:

NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE MEDALS

Sergeant Steven Brooks

Detective Sergeant Michelle Goodman

Detective Sergeant Andrew McNamara

Sergeant Simon Robinson

NATIONAL MEDALS OR CLASPS

Sergeant Steven Brooks

Senior Constable Warren Geesu

Sergeant Rowena Lacey

Detective Sergeant Andrew McNamara

Senior Constable Karl Verri

QPS MEDALS OR CLASPS

Detective Sergeant Paul Arnold (25-year clasp)

Sergeant Kerri Breen (20-year clasp)

Sergeant Steven Brooks (15-year clasp)

Sergeant Marcus Brown (30-year clasp)

Senior Sergeant Shane Edwards (25-year clasp)

Karen Elliot (20-year clasp)

Linda Fielder (QPS medal)

Susan Geesu (QPS medal)

Senior Constable Warren Geesu (25-year clasp)

Senior Sergeant Matthew Gerry (25-year clasp)

Detective Sergeant Michelle Goodman (20-year clasp)

Stancia Guthrie (35-year clasp)

Sergeant Kelsie Henderson (20-year clasp)

Sergeant Michael Hollett (25-year clasp)

Senior Constable Keiran Horsfall (QPS medal)

Senior Sergeant Scott Ingram (25-year medal)

Senior Sergeant Anthony McDowell (30-year clasp)

Senior Constable David McKenzie (QPS medal)

Detective Sergeant Andrew McNamara (15-year clasp)

Detective Sergeant Joseph Murray (30-year clasp)

Sergeant Martin O’Flaherty (20-year clasp)

Senior Constable Stacy-Anne Penola (25-year clasp)

Sergeant Linden Pollard (20-year clasp)

Sergeant Clinton Skillington (QPS medal)

Senior Constable Alison Smith (15-year clasp)

Senior Constable Christine Thorpe (QPS medal)

Jodie Zahra (20-year clasp) 

COMMISSIONER’S CERTIFICATE OF NOTABLE ACTION

Inspector Anthony Cowan

Constable Patrick Haughton

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER CERTIFICATE

Elizabeth Arlott

Acting Senior Sergeant Mitch Benson

Inspector Anthony Cowan

Senior Constable James Dolby

Sergeant Andrew Dunkley

Senior Constable Brett Newnham

DISTRICT OFFICER CERTIFICATE

Detective Sergeant Paul Arnold

Sergeant Louise Broadfoot

Sergeant Steven Brooks

Constable Chanel Kelly

Senior Constable Joshua Kratzman

Senior Sergeant Anthony McDowell

Senior Constable Luke Reid

TRAINING OFFICER AWARD

Constable Matthew Cooper

DETECTIVE APPOINTMENT CERTIFICATE

Detective Senior Constable Belinda Young

WOMAN IN POLICING AWARD – MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Senior Sergeant Lisa Mansfield

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

Sergeant Marcus Brown – Superintendent Certificate

Kailani Dillon – Neighbourhood Watch Silver Certificate


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