QUT Justice Alumnus wins IAWP Officer of the Year Award

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Acting Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz has been globally recognised after she was presented with the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Officer of the Year Award at a luncheon in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday. Debbie is a QUT Justice Alumnus who completed a Graduate  Certificate in Justice and Legal Studies in 1998.

This is the second year in a row a Queensland Police Service (QPS) officer has been successful in receiving a prestigious IAWP award.Last year, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll was presented with the IAWP Leadership Award for her time as a QPS Assistant Commissioner.Commissioner Ian Stewart said he whole-heartedly nominated Acting Assistant Commissioner Platz to be the International Officer of the Year.

“Her 30 years policing experience, academic achievements, strengths, professionalism, willingness to share and mentor is outstanding,” Commissioner Stewart said. “She has worked through innovation and professionalism to move her area from a culture of dependency to a culture of capability. She has done this by including diverse opinions and creating a workplace culture that balances a sense of belonging and uniqueness for all team members. “She is an outstanding mentor to officers, especially women across Australasia and an outstanding recipient for the IAWP Officer of the Year award. I congratulate her on all her achievements and for being the winner of such an honourable award.”

The IAWP Awards provides recognition of the significant contribution made by female police officers from around the world. The Officer of the Year Award is awarded to an officer who, by her overall service and accomplishments throughout her career, distinguishes herself in the four areas of leadership, community service, mentoring and excellence in performance.Among many roles, Acting Assistant Commissioner Platz is President of the Australasian Council of Women in Policing (ACWAP).

ACWAP has joined with IAWP to host the 2017 International Women & Law Enforcement Conference in Cairns in September next year.The conference will incorporate the 55th IAWP Annual Training Conference & Award and Recognition Programs, together with the 10th Biennial ACWAP Conference and the 19th ACWAP Excellence in Policing Awards.

This media release originally appeared on the QPS website.

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