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31 January, 2023

Local police recognised for service

TWO Far North policemen have been recognised for their selfless years of dedication to the force, recently being awarded highly prestigious Australian Police Medals.


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Senior Sergeant John McArthur, current officer in charge of the Cooktown Police Station and Superintendent Rhys Newton, District Officer of the Far North District hail from and still work in the Far North and were two of 12 recipients of the medal this year.

The Australian Police Medal is presented just twice a year, on Australia Day and the King’s Birthday and recipients are nominated by commissioners of each policing jurisdiction.

This year, 12 of Queensland’s finest were given the incredible honour of being named recipients of the medal, they will be presented with their medals at a later date with a ceremony.

District Officer of the Far North District Rhys Newton
District Officer of the Far North District Rhys Newton

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll congratulated 12 officers from the QPS who were awarded the medals.

“We don’t join the service for any accolades, but each of these officers is deserving of this recognition for the work they’ve done across the span of their careers,” she said.

“The recipients are dedicated officers of the QPS who are com-mitted to keeping Queenslanders safe. I congratulate and thank each and every one of them.”

This year’s recipients come from a range of backgrounds with diverse experience, having served throughout Queensland in several roles and areas.

Commissioner Carroll said the officers had been recognised for the leadership, innovation and the initiative they displayed during their duty.

“Each officer has their own story – often comprised of the challenges they’ve faced and overcome through their career, but also the rewarding memories about the role they’ve played in their communities and the lives of everyday Queenslanders,” she said.

“I am incredibly proud to know and understand the impact these officers have in shaping a positive future for individuals they interact with, the communities they serve and our organisation.

“I congratulate them for receiving this significant honour today.”

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