The award of the Queensland Police Service Medal (QPSM) was introduced in 1999 to recognise the diligent and ethical service by members of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and is not granted as a right by virtue of long service. In 2009 the Commissioner approved a change in the eligibility criteria for the award to be made available to living former members who served in the QPS prior to the introduction of the QPSM.
Applicants are advised that there may be some delays when processing applications.
The QPSM may be awarded to a former member who:
- has completed ten years full-time qualifying service, or the equivalent in
part-time service that in aggregate, amounts to ten years
- has met the requisite standards prescribed with regard to diligent and
- is, in the opinion of the Commissioner, a fit and proper person to receive the award.
A clasp (denoting the number of completed years of qualifying service recognised by the award) may be awarded to a medal recipient upon completion of each additional five years full-time qualifying or equivalent service, provided:
- the five years full-time qualifying service (or equivalent) was accrued
within a period during which the person was an employee of the Queensland Police
- the member or former member is, in the opinion of the Commissioner, a fit and proper person to receive the clasp.
Diligent and Ethical Service
When determining 'diligent service' the following are considerations:
Has the member consistently carried out his or her official functions within the Queensland Police Service:
- industriously and conscientiously, to the best of his or her ability
- to a standard which meets the expectations of the Queensland Police Service
and the community
- in accordance with the work performance standards prescribed by the Queensland Police Service.
When determining 'ethical service', the following are considerations:
Has the member:
- acted with honesty and integrity in his or her professional conduct and maintained personal conduct to a standard which meets the expectations of the Queensland Police Service and community
- maintained the ethical standards prescribed by the Queensland Police Service.
When completing question 2 & 3 on the Application for the QPSM refer to the above definitions for Diligent and Ethical Service. 'Service' relates to time served with the Queensland Police Service / Force or a designated organisation and includes conduct both on and off duty.
As part of the vetting process for former police officers, advice will be sought from the State Management Committee of the Retired Police Association.
Simultaneous Awarding of Medal and Clasp
The medal and a clasp may be awarded simultaneously.
Combination of Service
In determining qualifying service, recognition will be given to members who have a combination of police officer and staff member service. However recognition of combined service will only be granted in circumstances where the member was an employee of the Queensland Police Service or a designated organisation (see ‘Periods with Other Organisations’).
Full-time and Part-time Service
Qualifying service may be accrued through full-time service, part-time service, or a combination of full-time and part-time service.
Service as a Police Recruit, Probationary, Cadet or Trainee Staff Member
Periods with the Queensland Police Service as a police recruit, probationary or cadet in training to become a police officer or a trainee staff member performing a traineeship shall be counted towards the award.