POLICING can often be a thankless grind for the thousands of serving Queensland officers with only their work colleagues knowing and understanding what the daily challenges can bring.
The work and efforts of a group of Gladstone officers and CIB detectives have been recognised by their peers at a small ceremony held today by senior officer Inspector Darren Somerville, with medals and certificates presented by Rockhampton based Superintendent Ron Van Saane.
Nine officers received the National Police Service Medal to acknowledge their diligent service of at least 15 years.
Four detectives and a senior constable from Gladstone CIB received District Officers Certificates to acknowledge their efforts to crack a serious drug methamphetamine network operating in the region two years ago.
CIB boss Detective Snr Sgt Luke Peachey said their team work resulted in the arrest of over 60 offenders who faced over 200 drug related charges.
The certificates were received by Det snr const Matthew Columbus, Det Sgt Christopher Lindsay, Det Snr constables Kurt Rabnott and Vicki Schultz, and Plain clothes Snr const Roger Hodgson.
Const Bernard Elmore also received a District Officers Certificate for his efforts in helping an ambulance paramedic revive an ill man at Calliope.
Det Snr Sgt Peachey and Snr const Donna Leslie both received the National Medal.
The work of other Gladstone officers was also acknowledged.