A force in CQ police for 40 years
WHEN Sergeant Brian Thomas Muirson started working in Emerald, officers still relied on switchboard operators.
And in his four decades of service, it's the evolution of technology that has been the biggest change.
Now police rely on computers and information technology, something which Sgt Muirson said had transformed the way officers investigated and solved cases.
"What we have today far outweighs what we initially started with," Sgt Muirson said.
"Back in the old days, it was just all foot slogging."
On Tuesday, Sgt Muirson was honoured for 40 years service with the Queensland Police.
For 39 of those years, Sgt Muirson served in the Central Police Region at stations including Emerald, Woorabinda, Blackwater and Rockhampton.
He said every station had its own benefits and challenges.
During his time with Queensland Police, Sgt Muirson has worked in both Emerald and Rockhampton CIB branches.
Sgt Muirson said his most interesting investigation had been the bombing of Rockhampton's Shark Night Club in November 1989, where he was the arresting officer.
He said he had "thoroughly enjoyed" his work as a police officer.
"There's nothing mundane about the work," Sgt Muirson said.
"You might do the same jobs, but they're different circumstances every time.
"The biggest thing is you've got to build a rapport with people and when you leave someone, always leave them satisfied. To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity."
Inspector Virginia Nelson said the 40-year service medal was a rare honour among police. She said recognising Sgt Muirson's dedication was an important day for policing.
"He is looked up to and admired by other officers for his service and integrity," Insp. Nelson said.