Inspector Greg Morrow and Sergeant Wayne Smith receive recognition for their response to floods earlier this year.
Inspector Greg Morrow and Sergeant Wayne Smith receive recognition for their response to floods earlier this year. Emma Channon

Police thanked with flood 'medals'

IT IS a small flash of colour on the blue uniform, just two centimetres wide and red and white in colour, but its meaning carries a large badge of honour.

Last week, Warwick police officers were each given their red and white badges, each one a vote of thanks for their help in the summer floods.

The 2010-2011 Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation were given to police officers across the state, as well as Queensland Emergency Service officers, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service personnel and State Emergency Service officers.

Warwick police inspector Greg Morrow said about 109 officers were presented the citation in the district.

“Every police officer who worked between December 1 and February 28, as well as the administration staff, all helped in some way to help co-ordinate the flood response,” he said.

“Whether they were on the street, directing traffic or answering telephones at the station, they all played a role.”

Insp Morrow said the team at Warwick had done an “exceptional job”.

He said some police officers had sacrificed time at home to help co-ordinate the response.

“When the river rose, some officers became stuck on the other side and they ran things over there,” he said.

“Some couldn’t go home overnight because of the water over the road and one police liaison officer had his home inundated.

“Each officer and person involved performed an exceptional job throughout the disaster.”

The citation was also issued to police officers from other jurisdictions, who travelled up to help assist in the response effort.

Those include members of the Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police Force, South Australia police and Victoria police.



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