A POLICE officer who led a crack down on drugs on Southern Moreton Bay Islands has been recognised by the Capalaba Rotary Club.
Senior Constable Stephen Ackroyd, of the Capalaba Tactical Crime Squad, made a number of arrests during police operations on the islands.
The award was one of six announced at the Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award dinner on Monday.
Senior Constable Brendon Winslow from the Bayside Crime Prevention Unit was given the Community Police Award and Detective Senior Constable Penny Anderson, of the Wynnum Child Protection Investigation Unit, the Outstanding Police Action Award.
Detective Inspector Owen Elloy said Detective Senior Constable Anderson had undertaken a thorough and professional investigation into a case of incest that had culminated in a guilty plea from one person, while another is still to face court.
Detective Inspector Elloy said Senior Constable Winslow had found himself working solo as a crime prevention officer for the Bayside soon after his transfer.
“He has become an exceptional officer in advocating on behalf of victims of crime in the Bayside area,” he said.
In the vocational awards, the apprenticeship award went to Lilli Mouatt, a third year motor mechanic apprentice at Redlands Mechanical Repairs, while the best business practices award went to her boss, owner Kirk Brinkman.
The sales and customer service award to junior school head at Faith Lutheran College, Eloise Beveridge.
Highly commended certificates were given to Senior Constable Brad Given and Constable Dean Cox, of Redland Bay Police Station.
Detective Inspector Elloy said the pair had resolved a dangerous situation involving an armed and highly agitated man at Victoria Point last year.
Highly commended certificates were also awarded to:
- Troy Hunt, team leader, Flight Centre Travel Capalaba Central
- Samantha Lee, service advisor, Bartons Capalaba
- Cobblers Cleveland owners Peter and Gaylene Morley
Other police officers nominated for the awards were:
- Senior Constable David Alley, of PCYC Capalaba and Project Booyah, for working with youth at risk
- Constable Nicholas Caine, of Capalaba Police Station, for being an excellent example to junior police officers
- Plain Clothes Senior Constable Alex Ferguson, of Cleveland CIB, for investigating a $54,000 robbery at a Redlands hotel
- Sergeant Graham Hedges, of Redland Bay Police Station, for working with the community and taking part in a cycling event to raise funds
- Constable Guy Horton, of Capalaba Police Station, for a high level of integrity and displaying empathy to crime victims
- Constable Stuart Power, of Capalaba Police Station, for
- Senior Constable Samantha Schofield, of Capalaba Police Station
- Detective Senior Constable Simon Strang, of Cleveland CIB
- Senior Constable Ella Whitson, of Capalaba Police Station
- Harrison Day, apprentice, small engines mechanic, Victoria Point Mower Service
- Miriam Reece Carroll, customer service/waitress, Golden Sun Restaurant, Capalaba
- John Latu, tyre fitter and workshop second-in-charge, Cleveland Bridgestone Select
- Emma McKee, barista, head retail assistant, Browns Bakery Cleveland
- Carol Murphy, customer service, Cleveland Railway Station
- Caralyn Nicholson, administration assistant, Junior School Faith Lutheran College
- Andrew South, salesman, Ray White Real Estate Birkdale
- Janelle Wormald, station master, Cleveland Railway Station
- Guests Hairdressers Cleveland, owner Maureen McDonnell