A Mount Isa senior police officer has taken out a major Queensland women's award.
Officer in Charge of Mount Isa police station Senior Sergeant Renee Hanrahan has won the 2019 Influential Leader of The Year at the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network Conference in Goondiwindi on Friday.
The award was part of the QRRRWN Strong Women Leadership Awards program which recognises rural, regional and remote women who make a huge contribution to their community.
Senior Sergeant Hanrahan was recognised for her dedication to policing and her success and effectiveness in working in partnership with community groups to achieve positive outcomes.
Her professionalism, expertise and leadership as the first female Officer In Charge of Mount Isa Police Station has earned her the respect of her peers and support of the community and she is acknowledged for her service to the community.
After 15 years of policing experience, she came to Mount Isa in 2016 with the goal of establish partnerships within the community.
"I think it is an important step, therefore whatever needs to be done will be much easier if we work together," she said at the time.
Since then she has been a regular columnist on police matters at the North West Star with her "Isa's Blue Line".
Prior to Mount Isa, Senior Sergeant Hanrahan helped break down barriers between police and Indigenous communities on Palm Island and Indigenous communities within Cape York.
In 2018 Snr Sgt Hanrahan received the Australian Police Medal and she has become an influential keynote speaker on the promotion of women in leadership and in male-dominated workplaces.
She prides herself on being accessible through multi-level engagement, values driven approach and provision of executive leadership coaching and said the award was a tremendous honour.
"The Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network is a fantastic network and I have connected with some incredible ladies from across Queensland," Senior Sergeant Hanrahan said.
"I would encourage any rural, regional and remote women to explore what the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network have to offer. I am happy to speak to any local ladies interested in joining QRRRWN."
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