A Mount Isa plain clothes constable has won a prestigious police award.
PCC Alexa Grodzicki is the 2021 recipient of the Brett T Handran Memorial Shield, named to honour the memory of PCC Brett Handran, a member of the Juvenile Aid Bureau shot and killed on duty in Brisbane in 1989 while responding to a domestic and family violence incident.
PCC Grodzicki works for the Child Protection Investigation Unit, is a specialist unit within the Queensland Police Service, which replaced the Juvenile Aid Bureau.
The Bureau's roots can be traced back to 1963 and it was established to provide a specialist response to some of the most vulnerable members of our community - children.
Today's CPIU officers receive additional professional training in child trauma, communicating with children, sexual offences against children and dealing with child offenders, to help provide a comprehensive, skilled and sensitive response to crimes involving children.
It is during this specialist training that the Brett T Handran Memorial Shield is awarded to the course participant who reflects the qualities of excellent teamwork, compassion, empathy and a thorough knowledge and passion for child protection and juvenile justice investigative practices.
And Mount Isa must be doing something right as Plain Clothes Senior Constable Micka Fourcard-Roptig of Mount Isa District Criminal Investigation Branch was the recipient of the shield in 2020.
On Friday, March 12, at the conclusion of the course, PCC Grodzicki was presented with the award in front of fellow course attendees.
PCC Grodzicki said the course provided an excellent foundation from which she hoped to develop further in her work with Mount Isa CPIU.
"It also provided a great networking opportunity to meet other officers, who are also just embarking on their CPIU careers," PCC Grodzicki said.
"I was surprised but grateful, to receive the award at the end of the course and I wish all the best to the officers who attended it with me."
Detective Acting Inspector Dave Barron said it was a testament to Alexa's dedication and commitment towards child protection and juvenile justice.
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