The Queensland Governor has recognised the bravery of two Tweed/Byron LAC officers at a ceremony in Brisbane.

Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley, AO, presented Senior Constable Troy Hamilton (left) and Senior Constable Trent Elliott (right) with the Australian Bravery Medal during an Investiture Ceremony before family and friends at Government House today (Tuesday 4 May 2010).

On Australia Day 2008, both officers were on patrol near the NSW/Queensland border when they became aware of numerous altercations among a large crowd which had gathered in the vicinity of Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club at Coolangatta.

On arrival, both officers were confronted by 250-300 intoxicated people who were massing in the adjacent carpark. A distressed young woman approached the police and sought urgent help for her boyfriend who was being seriously assaulted.

The officers were hindered by the agitated crowd who jostled them and threw beer cans as they made their way to assist the heavily bleeding victim.

On reaching the man, the officers attempted to remove him to safety but were encircled by 30 young men who began assaulting them. The officers then deployed OC spray in further attempts to control the crowd and radioed for assistance.

Whilst being repeatedly assaulted, Senior Constable Elliott drew his baton and shielded Senior Constable Hamilton as he shepherded the man to the safety of a vehicle.

The crowd continued their attack on both officers for a further 15 minutes until additional resources arrived from New South Wales.

Both officers sustained minor lacerations, bruising, sprains and secondary OC contamination as a result of the incident.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Commander Michael Kenny attended today’s ceremony and has praised both officers for their actions.

“Senior Constable Elliott and Senior Constable Hamilton upheld the finest traditions of policing, going above and beyond the call of duty on Australia Day 2008,” Supt Kenny said.

“I commend them for their bravery and dedication to uphold the law. It makes me extremely proud to know that there are officers of this calibre within Tweed/Byron LAC.

“The local community should also feel a sense of comfort and pride in knowing there are officers like Senior Constable Elliott and Senior Constable Hamilton patrolling the streets of Tweed/Byron LAC and responding to their calls for assistance.”