ASSISTANT Police Commissioner Brian Wilkins joined local police and Mununjali elders to unveil an Acknowledgement of Country plaque today.
Members of the community along with Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause, Cr Nadia O'Carroll and Cr Virginia West gathered outside the police station for the event, which also introduced Queensland Police Service's Look to the Stars artworks to Beaudesert.
The artwork, displayed as a wrap on a police vehicle, was created by Inigenous artist Jenna Lee.
Commissioner Wilkins said Look to the Stars aimed to build respect between the Queensland Police Service and the Indigenous community.
He said QPS had moved towards a preventative environment by building relationships to stop crimes before they actually happen.
"The artwork represents mutual trust and respect," he said.
"The nine stars represent Sir Robert Peel's nine principals of policing and the lines have specific blanks to acknowledge the darkness in our history."
Commissioner Wilkins said the Acknowledgement of Country plaque, which pays tribute to the "traditional custodians of the land, winds and waters", would be displayed outside the current police station.
"Hopefully by the end of next year Beaudesert will have a brand new police station and this plaque will be displayed prominently on the new building," he said.
Before the unveiling of the plaque by a group of elders, those in attendance were treated to a performance by the Mununjali dancers.
The elders, including Aunties Geraldine Page, Lorraine Iselin, Roslyn Yuke, Delores Paulson, Theresa Williams and Sue Blanco, were visibly moved by the wording of the plaque acknowledgement, which was penned by Auntie Peggy Tidyman and Senior Constable Rod Enoch from Logan with input from the QPS Cultural Engagement Team.
After the ceremony, everyone was invited to refreshments served at the police station.