Popular officer praised
STANTHORPE'S own traffic officer Sergeant Dan O'Dea has been working the police beat for 15 years.
The momentous occasion was met with a special award and praise from a proud family.
Sgt O'Dea joined the Queensland Police Service in October 1996 at the age of 27.
"It was mainly because a friend joined," he said.
"I was working at the PCYC in Toowoomba at the time and was around a lot of police."
Sgt O'Dea said while the training stage was harder than he had anticipated the job was everything he had hoped for. "It is an exciting job - everyday has the potential to be different," he said.
"The best part about the police service generally is the unpredictability and there is a lot of opportunity to try different fields."
In April 2005, Sgt O'Dea transferred from Chinchilla to Stanthorpe for his first traffic branch position and he has not looked back.
"Stanthorpe is great," he said.
"It is one of the best areas in Queensland and that's why I'm settled here now."
When asked how much longer he planned to wear the uniform, Sgt O'Dea replied: "I still have about another 20 years left in me."