Carl Christensen received a phone call two weeks ago from a bloke he arrested who wanted to say thanks.
The man was calling from South Australia and felt the senior constable (the face of Nambour’s police beat for six years) had set his life on the right course.
Carl was involved in diffusing a siege situation at a local house about five years ago during which the man locked himself away with his wife.
The siege ended when the man stabbed himself.
Carl helped him seek counselling and the man is now married with two kids and holding down a steady job.
He called because he felt Carl had turned his life around.
“You’re not there to get rewards but little thank-yous make a difference,” Carl said.
It’s that aspect of community policing that Carl will miss now he has permanently left Nambour station to work in the forensic crash unit based in Coolum.
For the past few months, Carl has been working at the unit on-and-off in an acting position but took up a permanent posting last week.
Carl has also earned two bravery awards during his 23 years in the blue uniform so far.
One was for dealing with a man with machete in 2006 and the other was for disarming a man who put a swan-off rifle to Carl’s head.
The man has since been convicted of murder after he was found guilty of killing a relative.
Carl was confident the skills he learnt walking the streets of Nambour would help deal with grieving families who had lost loved ones in car crashes.
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