The Rotary Club of Broadbeach hosted its 10th Annual Gala night, on October 20th, to choose and award Gold Coast’s Police Officer of the Year.
In attendance were more than 200 nominees, family members and supporters.
The event, now in its tenth year, serves to recognise the outstanding work of police officers, harmonise relationships between police and the community, and raise money for charities affiliated with Rotary.
These awards recognize the amazing effort made by officers in often gruelling and thankless work. The awards are necessary in re-establishing trust and respect for those charged with upholding the law and protecting Gold Coast citizens. And they are important for remembering that our police officers are men and women too – deserving of a pat on the back and a ‘thankyou’ for all they do.
The award was deservedly won by Constable Kurt Foessell.
Constable Foessel has been nominated for Police Officer of the Year eight years running. He has been adopted by the Elanora State Primary School (as Constable Kurt); having his name officially added to the morning roll call. Constable Foessell has worked assiduously promoting positive relationships between the community and police, he has been integral in developing crime prevention initiatives, and has spent long hours assisting young people to understand their roles and obligations within the legal process and police procedures – all this while attending to his normal policing duties.
Constable Foessell was characteristically humble in accepting his award. He explained he had recently won the Gold Coast Police Liaison Officer of the Year (for the State NHW Awards); and felt genuinely honoured and proud to be receiving the Police Officer of the Year Award as well. He thanked his family, workmates and the Rotary community for putting their faith in him.