Australia Day Honours for police officers

Two recently appointed Police Commanders have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Commanders Richard Cowling and Lauchland Avery, who have each served Tasmania Police for three decades, are recipients of the Australian Police Medal.

Commander Cowling began his career in Launceston in 1981, and recently returned as Commander of the Northern District.  

“During a police career spanning 30 years, Commander Cowling has given outstanding and distinguished service,” said the Acting Commissioner of Police, Scott Tilyard.

Commander Cowling has provided leadership in technological change across Tasmania Police.  His projects include Mobile Data Terminals in police vehicles, the Automatic Vehicle Location project and the use of small screen technology.

His dedication to professional development has led to the completion of numerous training courses including at the Federal Bureau of Investigation at Quantico.  He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and has been a participant in the Executive Development Program within the Department of Police and Emergency Management.  He was awarded the National Medal in 1995. 

“Commander Cowling’s devotion to duty, diligence and leadership has been recognised throughout his career,” Mr Tilyard said.

Commander Lauchland Avery has spent a large proportion of his 31 year career serving communities across the Northern and Western Districts, and was recently promoted to the position of Western District Commander.

“Commander Avery has served with distinction and has consistently performed at a very high level,” Mr Tilyard said.  “His experience encompasses criminal investigation, drug law enforcement and country stations.”

He has been commended on several occasions for his work and he has also been awarded the National Medal and the Commissioner’s Medal for Ethical and Diligent Service.  

“Commander Avery has made a valuable contribution to policing in Tasmania and is a worthy recipient of the Australia Police Medal,” Mr Tilyard said.

“I congratulate both officers for their service to the Tasmanian community and for receiving this honour.”


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