SERGEANT Mark Shields has been welcomed as the new officer in charge at North Tamborine Police Station after swapping positions with Sergeant Mick Jones.
The new officer who was stationed at Sarina, 36 kilometres south of Mackay, for the past six years said he was happy to move to Tamborine Mountain with his wife and children when Sergeant Jones asked to swap roles.
“He had his reasons to relocate to Sarina and I was more than happy to jump on board with the idea,” he said.
“This area is beautiful and we are now very close to our family.”
Sergeant Shields said he was looking forward to meeting the community and to maintaining a good policing service in the area.
“Sarina and Tamborine Mountain are two different worlds,” he said.
“They both have beautiful locations but very different communities and assets so I hope to meet everyone when I’m out on patrols.”
Throughout his career, Sergeant Shields has worked in towns across state such as Saint George in the Shire of Balonne and Kikivan in the Gympie region.
He also worked in the stock squad in the north-west region of Queensland.
Sergeant Shields said he liked being a police officer and could never imagine himself doing anything else.
“My mum told me that since I was little I had always wanted to join the force,” he said.
“I don’t know why but I did and I have enjoyed being an officer for over 20 years now.
“As officers, we’re not always going to please everyone however we will always be there to lend a hand if our services are needed.”