Detective sergeant of the Ipswich Child Protection and Investigation Dave Hunter received the Police Officer of the Year award. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times
Detective sergeant of the Ipswich Child Protection and Investigation Dave Hunter received the Police Officer of the Year award. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey

Hunter is Ipswich's top cop

A DETERMINATION to work for a better life for Ipswich kids from all backgrounds has earned experienced Detective Sergeant Dave Hunter the second annual Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards.

The Child Protection and Investigation Unit detective stood before a packed Ipswich Civic Centre to accept the award, which is based on nominations by members of the community and other police officers.

A father of two, Sgt Hunter said he had always been passionate about protecting the rights and interests of young people.

The former British cop moved to Ipswich with his family in the late 1990s, and it wasn't long before the detective was knocking on the door of the CPIU.

"There was no such thing as a CPIU in the UK, so when I got here and saw that there was this department, I thought it sounded perfect for me," he said.

Sgt Hunter joined the CPIU in 2001, becoming a senior investigator in 2010.

While Sgt Hunter took out the main award for the night, he wasn't the only Ipswich police officer to be recognised.

Constable Samuel Mosey, of Ipswich police station, won the Peer-Recognised Police Officer of the Year award, while PCYC-based Sergeant Neale Porter won the Community Police Officer of the Year award.

Highly commended

The following Ipswich police officers received recognition from the community for their work over the past year:

  • Sergeant Peter Boyce
  • Senior Constable Steve Calcutt
  • Sergeant Toni Phelan
  • Detective Senior Constable Elisha Edwards
  • Senior Constable Steve Lindsey
  • Senior Constable John Russell