New sergeant’s open-door policy
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.
FIRST DAY: Senior Constable Ron Mientjes showed new Sergeant Glen Fletcher around the Monto beat.