Senior Constable Monique Anderson and
Senior Constable First Class Ian Skewes

South Australia Police Officers of the Year 2010 Senior Constable Monique Anderson and Senior Constable First Class Ian SkewesSA Police Officers of the Year for 2010 Senior Constable Monique Anderson and Senior Constable First Class Ian Skewes

This year is the first time in the 33 years of the SA Police Officer of the Year Award that there has been a tie - between Senior Constable Monique Anderson from Whyalla Police Station and Senior Constable First Class Ian Skewes from Nuriootpa Police Station.

Senior Constable Monique Anderson joined the South Australia Police in 2001 and has been working tirelessly ever since. Monique is much loved in her local community. Her out-of-hours work with young people, particularly in the aboriginal community, through fundraising, basketball, Blue Light, Go-karts and vacation programs has been outstanding. As an admirer has stated - “Monique has a real passion in all that is good for kids and the Whyalla community”.

Senior Constable First Class Ian Skewes joined the Force in 1997 as a mature aged cadet which must be a first for this award. He cannot sit still! He has played a leadership role in a large number of committees and organisations in Gawler. His use of music as part of Blue Light to connect with and inspire young people is legendary. Red Rock Music and the Outback Rock Tour were organized by Ian to encourage young people. He has been an effective fundraiser for worthy causes and is noted for his comfort of families in distress. He with his wife Suzie were Gawler’s Citizens of the Year. He went to California to educate law enforcement agencies on the value of Blue Light. His favourite saying is “Nothing is achieved by doing nothing”.

The key attributes common to both awardees are:

  • They are first class officers involved in crime prevention.
  • They are dedicated, energetic, innovative and compassionate in the way they assist the general community and young people in particular.
  • Numerous examples have been given of the difference they are making through the inspiration and encouragement they provide.
  • Their local Mayors and MPs have written tributes to their efforts.