South Burnett Police honoured at service
SOUTH Burnett police were honoured at a special service in Kingaroy on Friday.
Sergeant Scott Prendergast from the Cherbourg Division was awarded a Queensland Police Meritorious Service Medal, a commendation recognising his dedication and work with the Junior Rangers program.
"I've just done my job, I've had great staff and it's a great community to work in," Sgt Prendergast said.
"The Junior Rangers has been running since 2011, it runs on four core areas of education, of culture, of community and policing.
"We run them side-by-side weekly and have had some great kids go through there and some really good success stories. It builds bridges between police and community, that is why we started it and it's worked well for us."
Sgt Prendergast said it had helped break down barriers within the community.
"The line of communication between police and community has increased," he said.
"We can't do our job without the community and we thank the community for this recognition."
Sergeant Gregory Kapernick from Murgon was awarded the National Medal second clasp for 35 years of service in the Air Force and police.
"I was in the Royal Australian Air Force for nine years," Sgt Kapernick said.
"I served in Darwin, Melbourne, Brisbane and other places. I joined the police in 1989."
Sgt Kapernick served right across the state and has spent the past 12 years in Murgon.
"I was born and bred in Murgon so I ended up home in the long run," he said.
"The whole attraction of the job was every day is different, today is different to yesterday and tomorrow will be different again.
"Most of the blokes here in the room, they serve the people. They aren't career climbers, they are hands on police officers dedicated to their community. These awards are recognition of their dedication to their community."