Snr Const Ron Mientjes received the 1st Clasp and the Queensland Police Service Medal.
Snr Const Ron Mientjes received the 1st Clasp and the Queensland Police Service Medal.

Police honoured for services

HUNDREDS of years’ worth of police service gathered in the Bundaberg PCYC yesterday when officers were honoured for their dedication to the force.

Almost 60 current and retired officers were recognised for years of service ranging from 10 to 35 years.

Childers police officer in charge Sergeant Geoff Fay received his 30-year medal, but said it felt like just yesterday he joined the force.

“You don’t go around your job looking for badges – you’re there to serve but the recognition is nice,” he said.

“I love policing in a rural environment. We have really good support from the community and the crew is really good.”

Retired officer Fred Collins was awarded a 25-year clasp but his dedication to his community extended far beyond that.

“After the police, I joined the fire service for 20 years,” he said.

“I liked dealing with people. My time with the police and fire service was most memorable.”

Senior Constable Ron Mientjes was given his First Clasp National Medal and said his favourite part of the job was the variety.

“I’ve been in Bundaberg since 1990 and since then I’ve been a prosecutor, traffic accident investigator, inspector’s clerk, ran the domestic violence unit, been an intel officer, worked in the watchhouse and I’m currently with scenes of crime,” he said.

Former Assistant Commissioner Ken Strohfeldt was also at the ceremony, where he received his 35-year clasp.

“I retired in 1995 and there were lots of things I liked about the job,” he said.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with lots of fine fellows.”

Another retired officer, Graham Caesar, also received a 35-year clasp.

Bundy-born Mr Caesar spent 38 years in the force, 21 of which were served in Bundaberg.

“I was in charge of the inspector’s office but I also did a few other things like general duties and traffic,” he said.

“It’s nice to be recognised. It’s not something we expected when we started.”

The event was Superintendent Anne Macdonald’s final ceremony in Bundaberg before she moves on to a post in Brisbane next year.

“It’s sad that it’s the last one but it was also a privilege to be the master of ceremonies here,” she said.

“To have four officers receiving 30 and 35-year medals is absolutely outstanding.”

Supt Macdonald said Bundaberg was a lucky community.

“The police here are very professional and their work performance is very high,” she said.

“We want to thank the families for their love and support.

“We can never do the work we do without them.”

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