GAWLER Senior Sergeant Brenton ‘Lou’ Costello was recently praised for his “outstanding” leadership and commitment to managing serious police operations, including last year’s triple murder in Hillier.
The long-serving police officer was last week presented by Police Commissioner Grant Stevens with a ‘Leadership and Efficiency Medal’, recognising his efficient response to the murder of a mother and her two children at their Hillier home in May last year.
Senior Sergeant Costello, who said he was “very humbled and honoured” to receive the recognition, said the tragic event was one of the most challenging moments in his 40-year policing career.
“It was a very testing time for everyone who attended the scene where a mother and her children had been murdered,” he said.
“I’m a husband, father, brother and grandfather, so any serious incident where children have been seriously injured or, possibly, killed, is the most difficult aspect for me – or any police officer, for that matter.”
Along with his swift action during the triple murder, Senior Sergeant Costello was also acknowledged for his “high level of community engagement” and commitment to ensuring co-operation with adjoining Local Service Areas.
Since joining SA Police in 1975, Senior Sergeant Costello has mainly worked in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, including Para Hills, Elizabeth and the Elizabeth Domestic Violence Unit.
He has also served as an Operations Senior Sergeant in Elizabeth Traffic and Operations, before taking on Gawler Operations, where he currently works.
“As a police officer, it’s in your DNA to want to be at the very pointy end of policing, or assume a non-operational role,” Senior Sergeant Costello said.
“The people who I work with are outstanding with the way they go about their business.
“That makes my job very pleasant in managing people who are motivated and are keen to do what they are paid to do.
“I’ve always liked the operational aspect, and will remain doing that until I retire.”