Time to recog­nise our top cops

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

CALL OF DUTY: North­ern Re­gion As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Clem O’Re­gan THEY pa­trol our streets, keep us safe and main­tain or­der, but one out­stand­ing North Queens­land po­lice of­fi­cer will be recog­nised for go­ing be­yond the call of duty.

Nom­i­na­tions are be­ing sought for the Townsville Bul­letin NQ Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year Award.

North­ern Re­gion As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Clem O’Re­gan said the award high­lighted the work the North’s of­fi­cers do, but also lets of­fi­cers know their ef­forts were ap­pre­ci­ated.

‘‘( The awards) are an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to recog­nise par­tic­u­lar po­lice of­fi­cers who have done that ex­tra bit for their com­mu­nity and are re­ally part of their com­mu­nity and . . . it means that we as a po­lice ser­vice can show­case our­selves back to the com­mu­nity with the stuff we’ve done re­ally well,’’ he said.

Mr O’Re­gan said the awards also gave an in­sight into the pas­sion po­lice had for help­ing the com­mu­nity, a sight rarely seen by the pub­lic.

‘‘ For a lot of peo­ple, their per­cep­tion of what po­lice do, they get from tele­vi­sion and when they get a traf­fic ticket,’’ he said.

‘‘ So it shows how much more polic­ing is and re­ally im­por­tantly, it shows that polic­ing is about serv­ing the com­mu­nity and be­ing mu­nity.’’

Last year’s win­ner of t he cov­eted award was district do­mes­tic vi­o­lence li­ai­son of­fi­cer Sergeant Mark Lance, recog­nised for his work in help­ing to re­duce the North’s high do­mes­tic vi­o­lence rate.

This year’s win­ner will re­ceive a fam­ily hol­i­day val­ued at $ 4000 and a watch from Loloma Jew­ellers. The win­ning of­fi­cer’s sta­tion will re­ceive a cof­fee ma­chine, while the per­son who nom­i­nated the of­fi­cer will win an iPod.

Nom­i­na­tions can be made be­fore April 2 by log­ging on to www. townsville­bul­letin. com. au.

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