Much loved officer calls time
FOR former Senior Constable Ron Mientjes, being a part of the Monto community was a memorable part of his police career.
"Getting involved in the Dairy Festival was a highlight,” he said.
"I drove a tractor, put lights and sirens on it ... a radar gun ... it had police written on the side (and) crime scene tape on it.
"Even though it's not police work, it's more so about the community when you're in Monto.”
He said that was fundamental to policing in country towns.
"Country policing is a little different to city policing,” he said.
"We need to be seen. People need to know there are police in town and that we are willing to help.”
Mr Mientjes said it was what made his job enjoyable.
"There is no specific job that you'd class as highlights, as one job is just as important to the person involved that another is,” he said.
"I've had a lot of fun integrating with the community and I have done a lot of things I hope has improved the image of the police.”
After 33 years in the police force, Mr Mientjes has hung up his police hat for the last time.
He was 23 when he joined the force after attending agriculture college.
"I started in Monto on April 7, 2014, so have spent two-and-a-half years in Monto.
"I have served other communities for past 30 years. Before I was in Monto I was in Bundaberg for 25 years.”