Community pays tribute to local Officer of the Year

1 Jul 2015 11:57 AMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP hosted a morning tea with local Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) groups to celebrate Senior Constable Kurt Foessel of Elanora Police Beat being named Gold Coast Police Office of the Year 2014.

“I was pleased to bring together representatives from Palm Beach, Tugun and Currumbin Waters NHW groups to acknowledge Kurt’s significant contribution to our community.

“Kurt’s dedication to all members of our community is unmatched whether it be seniors, local Neighbourhood Watch groups or youth programs at our local schools targeting anger management and drug, alcohol and violence education.

“The first all-girls Project Booyah was established through his hard work and its success has seen the program continue for several years.

Senior Constable Foessel said, “I feel honoured to receive this award, however it is one I share with my community.

“Over the years I have been able to work closely with the broader community but in particular youth and NHW groups to ensure our neighbourhoods are safer,’ he said.

Area Coordinator for Cyclades Crescent NHW, Keith Preston congratulated the Senior Constable on his well-deserved award that recognised his inspirational, proactive approach to community policing.

Sue Able, Coordinator of Palm Beach 14 NHW said, “Kurt deserves this award, he is always available when contacted and a great example for the police force.

“Kurt is a strong advocate of early intervention programs and shared the story of young students, with holes in their tracksuits, arriving in tears to a regular school community breakfast,” said Ms Stuckey.

“These youngsters thought they had missed out on food as there hadn’t been anything to eat in their house that morning and it really brought home to Kurt the importance that the slice of bread he gave them made to their lives.

“It’s that caring attitude that has made Kurt a champion throughout our local community here on the southern Gold Coast.

“Currumbin is a close-knit community and I am very proud of the strong relationships that have been formed with local advocacy groups, schools and police.

[ENDS] 1 July 2015