Sergeant bidding farewell to help youth
After 20 years as a policeman it’s the end of an era for Sergeant Jason Shailer.
Tokoroa born Shailer, who has overseen the Putaruru Police Station for 10 years, completed his final day as a policeman on Friday.
He is now preparing to move his family to Wanganui where he will be working as a youth coordinator.
‘‘There are a lot of things I will miss about the police because I think it is a fantastic job but it is time for a change,’’ he said.
‘‘In one sense running a station is rewarding but it’s also a really tough gig because you are everything to everyone. I will miss the actual work I’ve been doing though and the people I work with.
‘‘It’s going to be a really big change after doing it for so long,’’ he said.
Shailer said he would also miss interacting with the wider community.
‘‘This is my home and it’s a good place to live and a great place to work.
‘‘It’s the small town stuff, we look after each other and it’s a bloody good community.
‘‘The support I have had has been fantastic and whoever they get to replace me I hope the community will get in behind him or her as well.’’
It seems fitting that Shailer, who started his policing career in Tokoroa, is now also finishing in the area.
‘‘I got into the police because I wanted a challenge and I’ll tell you what, it has been an amazing experience. Without a doubt I could stay for another 20,’’ he said.
He’s excited about taking up his new role though.
‘‘I will be working with school leavers getting them into tertiary study, trades, and things like that,’’ he said.
It’s about identifying talent and guiding it in the right direction.’’
As for words of wisdom for his replacement he said ‘‘just be part of it’’.
‘‘You have got to get involved. Be part of sports clubs, be part of schools,’’ he said.
‘‘In one sense running a station is rewarding but it’s also a really tough gig because you are everything to everyone. ’’