Police officers honoured
TWO Hervey Bay police officers were yesterday honoured for their seven-year investigation into the 2002 murder of Ingrid Lester.
Thanks to the dedication of Detective Sergeant Bruce Hodgins and Plain Clothes Senior Constable Grant Klaassen, Jim Lester was found guilty by a jury on Monday of procuring his estranged wife's death by offering hitman Michael Kinsella $10,000 to stab her to death.
They were awarded the Assistant Commissioner's Certificate during yesterday's medal presentation at the Maryborough City Hall.
“It was a particularly horrific murder,” Det. Sgt Hodgins said.
“It was quite a drawn out investigation and has taken close to seven years.
“It's one of the longest investigations I've done.
“It's a tough job ... it's good to see the officers are recognised for the good work that's going on.”
The two officers were among 37 from the area honoured for diligent and ethical service.
Serving officers of more than 15 years were presented with either the national or Queensland Police Service Medals.
A number of officers were awarded the Assistant Commissioner's Letter of Appreciation for their work in preventing several attempted suicides in the past couple of years.
Retired officer-in-charge of the Maryborough Police Station Senior Sergeant Jan Hunt was awarded the Queensland Police Service Medal 35-year clasp and the certificate of service.
“I'm truly honoured to receive this lovely certificate,” she said.
“It is a day to be proud.”