FEDERAL Member for Page Kevin Hogan has announced that the Australian Government will extend the eligibility for the National Police Service Medal.
Mr Hogan said until now, police officers whose service concluded between 14 February 1975 and 30 October 2008 were ineligible for this distinguished medal.
The National Police Service Medal recognises 15 years’ ethical and diligent service by Australian sworn police officers in active service.
“I was contacted by a number of Page residents who were not eligible for the Medal simply because their service fell outside the arbitrary dates,” Mr Hogan said.
“I took the issue up with Josh Frydenberg, who has responsibility in this area, and I am very pleased that the government he has now resolved the issue in favour of those who have helped to serve our country.”
“The eligibility will now be extended to recognise police officers whose service concluded on or after 14 February 1975, the date on which the Australian Honours system was established.”
“The National Police Service Medal recognises the special status that sworn police officers have because of their role protecting the community.
“The Australian Government believes that these dedicated police officers who have served our local communities should have their service recognised.
“I encourage all the former police officers in our community who will now be eligible for this award to consider applying for this distinguished medal to recognise their service to our community.”