Lawrie has dedicated nearly 40 years as a community-focused Police Officer – 20 of those years as a Police Liaison Officer to four coastal groups. ‘Community’ is paramount in his eyes. Due to his commitment to Community, confidence has increased; Safer physical surrounds have been created due to mutual respect created between NHW, Police, residents, visitors and most importantly, youth.
Lawrie in his role as a Police Liaison Officer is committed to making vibrant positive NHW groups and attends as many events as possible. NHW Members are inspired by his commitment to QPS and allegiance to NHW.
Local youth assist Police when anti-social behaviour occurs. One example is when Bundaberg, Bargara & Innes Park skatebowls were graffitied. 15 offences were solved when a local resident confided in Lawrie after a NHW meeting. NHW organised Bike & Road Safety Talks purely to reign in youngsters who were vandalizing property. It is through Lawrie’s attendance and guidance at NHW monthly meetings that have brought about successful change in the community.
Some particular highlights of Lawrie's exception kindness above and beyond the call of duty are:
When Disaster Strikes:
- Lawrie was successful in organising and obtaining a home for a family who lost their home and all their possessions in a fire in Bundaberg.
- He contacted various Bundaberg businesses. With their kind donations, the house was fully furnished with white goods, clothing, sporting equipment for the children etc.
- Substantial money was donated to support and help this family.
Mentoring Youth & Others:
- People within the community have called upon Lawrie to speak to their children who may be heading down the wrong track. He was successful in getting some into the Agricultural College at Clare in the Burdekin.
- Successful in mentoring many young people back on track with their lives. Recently, at an eating outlet in Bundaberg, the Chef introduced himself and thanked Lawrie for supporting him when he was only 14 years old by providing guidance and helping to get him away from the wrong crowd involved in drugs and crime.
Without doubt, Lawrie is an outstanding recipient of this year's award.
Mr and Mrs Nauschutz with South Australian Police Commissioner Gary Burns