New National Police Service Medal Design & Conditions for Award Approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) March 01, 2011
The Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Kate Lundy today announced the creation of the National Police Service Medal.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has now approved the design and conditions for awarding the medal, as the last step in a process that began with the Labor Government’s commitment to create the award in the 2007 election campaign.
“This medal is a unique award – a national award recognising the ethical and diligent service of dedicated police officers serving in communities across Australia,” Mr O’Connor said.
“The National Police Service Medal recognises the special contribution that sworn police officers make in protecting our community and the importance of ethical decision making and diligent work in this special job,” Mr O’Connor said.
Sworn police officers in any Australian jurisdiction with at least fifteen years of ethical and diligent police service on or after 30 October 2008 will be eligible for the award. Federal, State and Territory police forces will determine whether nominees are eligible according to the award criteria.
The medal can also be awarded to officers whose service was cut short by death, injury or disability caused through their work.
Senator Kate Lundy said extensive consultation has been undertaken to formulate the criteria for awarding the Medal.
“Federal, State and Territory Police Commissioners and policing organisations contributed their views about the qualification criteria for recipients of the medal,” she said.
“In addition, the National Police Service Medal and its ribbon were designed by serving police officers – making it even more special for the worthy recipients,” Senator Lundy said.
The key proponent of the creation of the award was the Police Federation of Australia, which represents police unions across Australia.
Police Federation of Australia CEO Mark Burgess welcomed the creation of the medal.
“The National Police Service Medal recognises a police officer’s ethical and diligent work over many years and is a signal of their continued commitment to delivering justice in our society.”
“The Police Federation of Australia welcomes the Government’s decision to create this medal and is proud to have been an instigator of this new way to recognise the dedication of our police officers,” Mr Burgess said.
Each Australian police force will provide their own serving members with information about the processing of the award. Former sworn police officers with at least 15 years of ethical and diligent service can inquire with their own police force about applying for the medal.
A tender will be called for the manufacture of the National Police Service Medal. It is expected the first medal will be awarded late this year.
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