Lock’s a good fit for new policeman

NEW: Lock police officer Brevet Sergeant Evan Longmire and his partner Charleen Whitaker have made themselves at home in Lock.
NEW: Lock police officer Brevet Sergeant Evan Longmire and his partner Charleen Whitaker have made themselves at home in Lock.

Country policing was not something Lock’s new police officer Brevet Sergeant Evan Longmire ever thought about but he has now fallen in love with the small town.

Prior to joining the police force, Sgt Longmire, who recently celebrated 10 years with the police, had experience in various industries, including a double degree in computer system engineering and management.

“I had 15 jobs in various different industries but I needed a challenge so I joined the police,” Sgt Longmire said.

“I did my probation period in Holden Hill and then spent five years doing general patrols in Port Augusta, and then three on highway patrols there as well.”

Lock had not been on Sgt Longmire’s radar until he was invited to apply by other police officers from the area.

“I was invited to apply, so I came to visit and fell in love with the place,” he said.

Sgt Longmire said policing in Lock was different to what he was used to.

“It’s more of a community-minded method of policing here, which is taking a bit to get used to,” he said.

Sgt Longmire has brought with him his partner Charleen Whitaker, who is travelling back and forth to Whyalla for work.

“We’re really happy in Lock, enjoying it enough to establish roots.”

Sgt Longmire said he had a strong background in traffic policing and would be happy to answer any related questions or queries.

The Lock Police Station will be open on Mondays from 9am to 11am and Fridays 4pm to 6pm.