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CQ cop recognised with the Australian Police Medal

Minister for Police Mark Ryan and Commissioner Ian Stewart have welcomed the announcement of the eight members of the Queensland Police Service who will receive the Australian Police Medal  and be nationally honoured for their distinguished service.

The QPS APM recipients share a vast and diverse career history between them, having served throughout Queensland in a number of roles.

The recipients– Superintendent Dale Frieberg, Detective Superintendent Brian Swan, Detective Superintendent Ronald Van Saane, Superintendent Jon Wacker, Detective Inspector Melissa Anderson, Inspector Lee Jeffries, Senior Sergeant Renee Hanrahan and Senior Sergeant Richard Lacey – will be presented their APM at an upcoming ceremony.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said each of the award recipients had demonstrated the leadership abilities and professionalism that reflect the high standards of the Queensland Police Service.

“I would personally like to congratulate each recipient on their achievements and on behalf of the Queensland community, thank you for your ongoing commitment and service.”

“The APM is a very important award and is nationally recognised, each recipient should be very proud of their achievements,” the Minister said.

Commissioner Stewart paid tribute to the APM recipients.

“Each of the APM recipients comes from varied careers but each displays the desired and exemplary attributes of a QPS officer,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“The recipients reflect dedication and professionalism in all they undertake as an officer of the Queensland Police Service.”

Our Central Queesland Superintendent Ronald Van Saane began his career in 1979 as a police cadet and later was inducted as a sworn officer in 1981.

Throughout his long career of 36 years, Superintendent Van Saane continues to show his enthusiasm and commitment to policing. He is actively involved in numerous community safety initiatives most notably his commitment to the reduction of domestic and family violence.

Superintendent Van Saane is recognised as a valued member of the senior management team in Central Region and has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to regional and remote policing, leadership and operational policing practice which culminated in his appointment as District Officer in command of the Capricornia District.

Superintendent Van Saane is recognised for his leadership, passion and commitment to improving community safety in regional and remote communities across Queensland and to the residents and visitors to the Capricornia Police District.

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Photo: Ronald Van Saane in 2013 via mypolice.qld.gov.au