NEW HORIZONS: Senior Constable William Batten is heading to the Sunshine Coast and says he will miss Chinchilla's sense of small-town community.
NEW HORIZONS: Senior Constable William Batten is heading to the Sunshine Coast and says he will miss Chinchilla's sense of small-town community. Madison Watt

Sea change for boy in blue

CHINCHILLA police are saying goodbye to three from their own ranks, with three officers from the station leaving the region.

Senior Constable William Batten and Constables Carl Newman and Werner Van Der Walt are moving to continue their careers in other parts of Queensland.

Sen-Constable Batten has been with the Chinchilla police for six years and during his time here has seen a lot change at the station.

"Other than one person, every other person was different when I came here,” he said.

"There has been a lot of different changes, the station's changed physically too.”

Mr Batten and his wife Holly and their four children are moving to the Sunshine Coast, where he will work for the Nambour police.

"We've decided to move on to the Sunshine Coast, so I've got a spot at Nambour station,” he said.

"My kids, they love Chinchilla, they don't want to leave Chinchilla.”

Asked what he would miss most about the town, Sen-Constable Batten said it would be the community feel of Chinchilla.

"To me I think just the close-knit community.

"We've met a lot of good people in the community and made a lot of good friends.

"In the large sort of areas to a certain extent everyone's in their own bubble, but here you'll go to the shops, you'll go to an event and you'll see the same people there.

"I guess with that small-community dynamic, people are more unified and it is a different environment for police.”

But the officer said he was looking forward to the big move: "One hundred per cent looking forward to a different lifestyle and new challenges.”


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