Sergeant bid­ding farewell to help youth

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

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. ’’

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