Award for ugly side of policing

THE not so pretty side of police work has led Gladstone’s Sergeant David Anderson to receiving the Forensic Services Excellence Award 2010 – Merit Award.

There are only six awarded across Queensland each year.

Sgt Anderson received the award for his efforts in investigation a double murder two years ago.

He was working in Mt Isa when an elderly couple were murdered in August 2009.

“It had a dramatic affect on the whole community,” Sgt Anderson said.

“It’s good to get some formal recognition. It’s such a thankless job.”

He said since Queensland Police changed it’s name to ‘service’, the community just expected police to provide the service, whereas they use to be thankful for police assistance in the past.

Sgt Anderson said it was also a thankless job because of having to deal with criminals who don’t have much respect for authorities to start with.

Sgt Anderson has a Bachelor of Science and had an interest in forensic science, which led to his 14-year career investigating crimes.



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