Smith new OIC

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

MOSS­MAN po­lice sta­tion’s longserv­ing se­nior con­sta­ble Mathew Smith has been pro­moted to Sergeant and will as­sume the role of Of­fi­cer-in-Charge from next Mon­day.

Af­ter 12 years serv­ing the community, Sergeant Smith has taken over the po­si­tion from Se­nior Sergeant Ed Lukin, who trans­ferred to Smith­field.

Sgt Smith said he was in awe of the sup­port he has re­ceived since tak­ing on the se­nior po­si­tion.

“It’s un­usual for a po­lice of­fi­cer to spend so long in one lo­ca­tion and it’s of­ten been sug­gested by do­ing so was po­ten­tially caus­ing dam­age to my ca­reer path but ev­ery­thing has worked out,” he said.

“The sup­port has been amaz­ing that I have re­ceived sup­port from all as­pects of the community, from the busi­ness community to the Abo­rig­i­nal community, ev­ery­one’s been amaz­ing and made it feel my de­ci­sion to stay was worth­while.

“The Moss­man area is a beau­ti­ful part of the world and at present, it’s a safe and friendly place to live, work and raise your kids and I will continue to keep it that way.”

Sgt Smith said the ap­pli­ca­tion process was tough with over 20 ap­pli­cants for the po­si­tion.

“I will bring to the job lo­cal knowl­edge and a hard work ethic, Moss­man sta­tion is a very ef­fec­tive well run sta­tion due to the ef­forts of the for­mer Sergeant Lukin (for­mer OIC),” he said.

“We will continue to try im­prove our qual­ity of ser­vice we pro­vide, the Moss­man community is still grow­ing and we will have to adapt ac­cord­ingly, the area is boom­ing at the mo­ment.

“Moss­man is in the up­per of small sta­tions, if we were any big­ger we would be a 24-hour sta­tion with a se­nior sergeant, with­out get­ting tech­ni­cal I am paid as any other sergeant just with a lot more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of be­ing in charge.”

Sgt Smith said he will be tran­si­tion­ing into the po­si­tion over the next six months and will be run­ning the sta­tion as nor­mal but has a cou­ple of project ideas for far­ther down the track.

He said the only dif­fer­ence will be the change in at­ti­tude from the rest of the of­fi­cers, who have given pos­i­tive feed­back about his pro­mo­tion.

“It’s al­ways tough go­ing from one of the boys to the boss be­cause I have to crack the whip and I won’t get in­vited for beers any­more,” he said.

Pro­moted: Moss­man Po­lice Of­fi­cerin-Charge Sergeant Mathew Smith

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