NEW OF­FI­CER IS READY TO SERVE

New of­fi­cer set­tles in at Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

WITH Se­nior Con­sta­ble Matt Stark ar­riv­ing in town, Monto Po­lice Sta­tion fi­nally has its long-awaited sec­ond of­fi­cer.

Snr Const Stark has been in the po­lice force for 10 years and worked in a num­ber of towns, in­clud­ing Wood­ford, Kil­coy, Ca­bool­ture and Mis­sion Beach.

A keen fan of just about any sport, he’s look­ing for­ward to mak­ing him­self known in the com­mu­nity.

“The coun­try life­style for both liv­ing and work­ing is very suited to what I wanted,” Snr Const Stark said.

“You’re not just do­ing one thing like traf­fic or drugs.”

Const Stark will be off­sider to Sergeant Mick Bazzo, who has been the sole po­lice of­fi­cer in Monto for the past 10 months.

Sgt Bazzo said he was par­tic­u­lar about who would be the new of­fi­cer, and Snr Const Stark fit­ted the bill.

“A lot of it’s com­mu­nity polic­ing; you’re ex­posed to things in ru­ral polic­ing that you don’t see in the towns or the cities, like is­sues with cat­tle or prop­er­ties,” Sgt Bazzo said.

“Matt comes with a wealth of knowl­edge and back­ground in ru­ral polic­ing and small towns.”

The Monto po­lice ju­ris­dic­tion area is one of the largest in the Wide Bay area, run­ning north to the foot of the range past Kalpowar, down south to the foot of Three Moon Creek near Aber­corn, west to­ward Raw­belle and east to­ward the western part of Mount Perry.

With such a big area to share be­tween two of­fi­cers, com­mu­nity polic­ing plays an im­por­tant role.

As an ex­am­ple, if thefts were oc­cur­ring on one of the outer prop­er­ties, the po­lice re­sponse would fo­cus on pre­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

“We’d do an en­vi­ron­men­tal anal­y­sis to find out when the thefts were tak­ing place, do ac­tive pa­trols around the ar­eas and put warn­ings through the pa­per to re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious in the ar­eas,” Snr Const Stark said.

Snr Const Stark will get to know the town along with his wife and chil­dren, and get in­volved with sport­ing clubs.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

NEW BOY IN BLUE: Se­nior Con­sta­ble Matt Stark is the new po­lice of­fi­cer in Monto.

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