Bayside Volunteers in Policing recognised at Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards ceremony

THE Bayside Volunteers in Policing team have been rewarded for hours of service to the community with a top gong at the Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards.

VIPs: Redlands Mayor Karen Williams presents Mia Degiovanni and Ken Dickson with an Australia day award. Photo: Jordan Crick

VIPs: Redlands Mayor Karen Williams presents Mia Degiovanni and Ken Dickson with an Australia day award. Photo: Jordan Crick

Acting sergeant Brendon Winslow said he was pleased to see the 20 volunteers on the team be recognised with the community organisation award.

He said the team volunteered for a total of 8311 hours in 2019, which equated to over 10 weeks of full-time work and more than 415 hours per person.

"When you know the team as well as I do, you know that it's not about how many hours they put in, but the quality of effort and product that they donate," Mr Winslow said.

"The Queensland Police Service does an amazing job in very trying circumstances and it is the likes of our Bayside VIP (team) that make it a little more achievable.

"This close-knit team hold a very strong bond and to make it into the inner sanctum is not an easy task but for those within, they can vouch that it is worth the effort."

Mr Winslow said Ken Dickson had been a key figure in the team's success during his many years of service while Mia Degiovanni had also been an integral member of the team since joining on.

"The diversity of the team is evidenced in the dynamics and skill-sets each team member brings individually, and much like modern day policing, this team is made up of community members of young and old, different cultures and backgrounds," he said.

"All however, have one thing in common - they are awesome."

People who are interested in joining the volunteer team should email DCPC.Wynnum@police.qld.gov.au.

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