Time to recognise our top cops
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.