Receiving their police service medals are (from left) Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad officer-in-charge Scott Stahlhut, officer-in-charge of Toowoomba station Senior Sergeant Tony Neumann and Oakey police officer-in-charge Sergeant John Cook.
Receiving their police service medals are (from left) Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad officer-in-charge Scott Stahlhut, officer-in-charge of Toowoomba station Senior Sergeant Tony Neumann and Oakey police officer-in-charge Sergeant John Cook. Stuart Cumming

Dedicated sergeant reflects on 30 years of policing

KEEPING the community safe is often a thankless and high pressure job which tests the training and skills of the region's police officers.

Some of those men and women who have made outstanding commitments to the Toowoomba region were yesterday recognised during a medal presentation ceremony.

Among them was Oakey police officer-in-charge Sergeant John Cook, who received a 30-year clasp for his Queensland Police Service Medal as well as a National Police Service Medal for ethical and diligent service.

"It is an honour," Sgt Cook said.

"It (police work) can be very demanding and quite stressful at times."

The 48-year-old said policing was the only job he had known.

He was a police cadet straight out of high school and was still enjoying his work after spending the past 13 years at Oakey.

"I am still operational, not just working in an office the whole time.

"It is the mix that I still enjoy."

Darling Downs district officer Acting Superintendent Mike Curtin said it was also important to recognise police volunteers for their behind-the-scenes work.

"These people play an integral role in supporting our police officers as they go about their duties," Act. Supt. Curtin said.

He said it was important to recognise exceptional efforts and service.

"Serving the community is often a thankless task and the position of a police officer in the broader community is constantly under scrutiny."



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