Reward for good work
IT'S been 23 years since Jim McDonald first arrived in the Lockyer Valley in 1990 and he has not looked back.
The now Laidley Police Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant has climbed the ranks since starting in the Valley as an officer in Gatton, before moving to the Laidley station in October 2005.
Snr Sgt McDonald has been recognised for 20 years of voluntary service to Crime Stoppers Queensland and was also awarded with the QPCU Police Volunteer of the Year at a function held last month.
He said there have been a lot of highlights in that time, which includes helping people, and in turn making the community a better and safer place.
"I could see the results from Crime Stoppers - seeing information that we wouldn't see any other way," he said.
"Not everyone wanted to call into the station. I could see the benefit of anonymity."
Through promotion of the phone number and fundraising events, such as race and bowls days, which he has helped co-ordinate, Snr Sgt McDonald has been able to raise awareness and funds for Crime Stoppers.
He said policing is all about building relationships, community confidence and being that familiar face people can turn to.
"I like to build up that trust and know the standards of the local community," he said.
Senior Sergeant McDonald juggles his police role with his role as a councillor with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
"I really enjoy my council role, the two work really well together and I am pleased to fulfill them both," he said.
"It is about time management and I gain a rich understanding for both roles."
As for future endeavours, he said he will see what happens at the next council elections.
Despite his busy schedule Snr Sgt McDonald still manages to satisfy his love of the outdoors with the likes of touch football, mountain biking and fishing.
Senior Sergeant McDonald was the first one in his family to join the force, after deciding to contribute to the common good at 17.