31 January, 2023
Correctional officer awarded medal honour
FOR the past 22 years, Assistant Commissioner Eloise Hamlett has gone above and beyond in her field and those efforts were recognised with an Australian Corrections Medal.
Commissioner Hamlett is one of three officers to receive the medal at last week’s ceremony for her dedication, passion and commitment during one of the largest crime epidemics on the Tablelands and in the Far North.
Born and raised in Mareeba, she said she always had a strong sense of community and has been drawn to regional areas across the state.
Starting her career as a psychologist at Borallon Correctional Centre, her interest in how the mind works and improving responses to First Nations people, who are overrepresented in the criminal justice system was a driving factor in working in corrective services.
“I have been involved in delivering a cultural response to First Nation’s people in corrective facilities and that includes elders visiting and NAIDOC celebrations as well as making sure all staff are cross-culturally trained,” Commissioner Hamlett said.
Commissioner Hamlett has also actively contributed to strategies that increase the percentage of First Nations staffing, particularly for the northern and far northern regions.
Feeling a mix of pride and excitement, Commissioner Hamlett could not believe she received the medal alongside two other Queensland officers.
“I got that winning feeling! It is such an overwhelming and humbling feeling to be receiving this award,” she said.
“It feels amazing to be recognised for what I do – you do the work because you have the passion for it and see the best in the community.”
Acting Corrective Services Minister, Mark Furner, congratulated Commissioner Hamlett and officers Superintendent Rhiannon Porter and Custodial Supervisor Shane Allwood and thanked them for their long-term commitment to public safety.
“I’d like to recognise these three worthy recipients of the Australian Corrections Medals,” Minister Furner said.
“Your dedication, passion and commitment has led to great change and positive outcomes for QCS.
“Today we recognise you for going above and beyond the call of duty and congratulate you on this remarkable achievement."