New sergeant’s open-door pol­icy

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MONTO’S new­est cop on the beat Sergeant Glen Fletcher is look­ing for­ward to get­ting ac­quainted with what he re­gards as the town’s great­est as­set – its peo­ple.

“The loveli­est thing about work­ing in small com­mu­ni­ties is hav­ing the time to re­ally en­gage with every­one, I re­ally like just hav­ing a yarn with peo­ple,” he said, dur­ing his first day on the job this Tues­day.

“It’s all about client ser­vice, I want to have more of an open door pol­icy and re­ally have the time for any­one who wants a chat.”

Although the new sergeant was orig­i­nally down to start in early June, he was de­layed help­ing out at his last post­ing in Ba­m­aga, only 30km from the tip of Aus­tralia.

“It was just lovely up there, but I’m ex­cited to come down here and get the Monto po­lice force back to full ca­pac­ity,” he said.

“Most peo­ple you have to ar­rest are just nice peo­ple who have done the wrong thing, when I had to drive with pris­on­ers down to Cairns I would in­tro­duce them to my wife and daugh­ter and have a nice chat.”

Sergeant Fletcher spent another three years in Mun­gal­lala, as the only cop in a town of 40 peo­ple and 120 in the sur­rounds.

“That’s when I re­ally saw how good the coun­try life was; the kids all had lambs and goats, we even had a pet kan­ga­roo that would fol­low my wife,” he said.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a good steak again!”

He said it was a big change of pace from the may­hem shifts he dealt with in metropoli­tan Bris­bane, Browns Plains and the riot squad.

“Although in five years on the riot squad I never did ac­tu­ally see a riot,” he said.

The new ser­gent is plan­ning to play in next year’s Mun­gungo v The World cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

FIRST DAY: Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ron Mien­t­jes showed new Sergeant Glen Fletcher around the Monto beat.

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