New officers cruise the community
GRACEMERE residents may have noticed a couple of new faces around the neighbourhood.
Cruising the streets and meeting the locals, it's all in a day's work for Louise Santagell and Adrian Studholme.
The two new officers of Gracemere Police have been warmly welcomed to the township.
Having been in the police service for more than 6 years, formerly from Browns Palins (Logan), Louise joins the Gracemere station as a general duties officer and is looking forward to the change of scenery.
"My husband wanted to move to Rockhampton, so I applied for a transfer and was offered a place in Gracemere," she said.
"Admittedly I actually knew nothing about Gracemere until I started working here.
"It's been a good change - policing in Gracemere is very proactive as opposed to Browns Palins (Logan), which is mostly reactive."
Louise said she always wanted to be a police officer, but didn't begin her career until she was in her mid 30's.
She said she spent most of her 20's travelling overseas.
"I enjoy making the community safer, helping people out during difficult times and begin part of the process of holding offenders accountable for their behaviour," she said.
"My role in Gracemere is across all spectrums of the town, although I believe I will soon become an adopt-a-cop for one of the local schools."
An officer of 8 years, Adrian joins the Gracemere station as their Senior Constable general duties.
Previously posted in Duaringa for four years before coming to Gracemere, Adrian said the position opened up in Gracemere and took up the opportunity for a change.
"Gracemere station is a great station where everyone works hard together," he said.
"I want to continue on what I have done out at Duaringa with high community focus."
Becoming bored with his previous job, Adrian said he decided to give policing a go after finding an advertisement in the paper one morning.
"The rest if history," he said.
"Policing is the same everywhere you go, just the focus is different.
"It's the focus shift that I'm really enjoying the most.
"I love the variety that comes with the job. You don't know what you're doing next and helping people when the chips are down is a great feeling."
When he's not serving the community, Adrian said he enjoyed a spot of fishing, camping and spending time with the family.