RURAL OFFICERS: Sergeant John Roche, Senior Constable Leanne Day, Senior Constable Mark Baker and Sergeant Vaughn Collins were awarded for their service.
RURAL OFFICERS: Sergeant John Roche, Senior Constable Leanne Day, Senior Constable Mark Baker and Sergeant Vaughn Collins were awarded for their service. Carly Everitt

Outback police awarded for a collective 65 years of service

POLICE officers from across the region were awarded for their hard work and years of service at a medal ceremony in Charleville.

Held last week, the occasion recognised the remoteness of many officers in the Charleville Patrol Group - which covers most of Queensland's southwest - and presented medals to four officers.

Sergeant Vaughn Collins from Thargomindah Station and Senior Constable Mark Baker from Quilpie Station both received a trifecta of awards: a 15-year clasp to the Queensland Police Service Medal, the National Police Service Medal and the National Medal.

The latter is issued to long-serving members of the police force who protect life and property at some risk to themselves.

Charleville's Senior Constable Leanne Day and Sergeant John Roche received their respective clasps for 20 years and 15 years of service.

Acting commissioner Michael Brady gave special mention to the officers' families in his address to the ceremony guests.

"It's important that we come together and recognise our achievements but also that we acknowledge our families,” he said.

"Family support is fundamental to country policing and I am grateful to those family members who support our officers and are here today to celebrate their achievements.”


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