VIDEO: Central Queensland’s top cop bids farewell to region
OVERSEEING an area stretching from north of Mackay to the Sunshine Coast isn't an easy task.
There are about one million people within the Central Region, and 92 police stations covering the area. But two and a half years ago, Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon took on the role.
He aimed to smoothly amalgamate two police regions as Queensland's eight police districts were reduced to five, to help the community and police work together and build confidence.
Now Assistant Commissioner Condon is preparing to move into a new role as the Assistant Commissioner of Operations Support Command in Brisbane.
Prior to his role in Rockhampton, Assistant Commissioner Condon was a Brisbane-based homicide squad boss who oversaw the Daniel Morcombe case.
In his time in the region, there's been a reduction in almost all Central Region's crime statistics, as well as fewer road fatalities and serious accidents.
"That's an outstanding effort by all concerned when you consider we have 66% of the highway and with increased traffic moving through the region," Assistant Commissioner Condon said.
He said the improvements could not have been made without the hard work of police, the community and emergency services.
One of the things Assistant Commissioner Condon said he enjoyed most about the role was the challenge of working across such a diverse region.
"When you look at the key areas of mining, construction, agriculture and tourism, each of those provides a different challenge to police," Assistant Commissioner Condon said.
"I have mixed feelings about leaving the area.
"We've really enjoyed being up here with outstanding people and good police doing a great job working with the community every day from the coastal areas right out to the rural areas. The police working within these small communities ... do a great job every day."