14 October, 2021
Retiring police chief takes to the skies
They say Mr Seabrook is flying a plane right now...
AFTER a stint of 12 years with the Longreach Police Officer-in-Charge Badge, Senior Sergeant Graham Seabrook is looking to make an air change.
Mr Seabrook will be fully separated from the Longreach Police Station as of November 5 but is currently taking his long service leave.
Mr Seabrook, however, is not retiring altogether, as he is pursuing a new career in aviation.
“Late last year I got a commercial helicopter license, and I’ve been offered some employment in Townsville,” he said.
“So, I’ve jumped to take that opportunity, and I’ll be employed as a pilot up there.
“I will do a bit of theory work and help them with the operations where requested, also pick up a few scenic charter flights.”
Mr Seabrook has been the Officer-in-Charge in Longreach since December and received the job after only visiting the region as a prosecutor doing court circuits.
“The position had been advertised in May 2009,” he said.
“I was well aware of the area, and I liked what I saw and saw some opportunities.
“The rest is history.”
Mr Seabrook said the position was a big change for him.
“I was in a specialised section for 10 years in prosecutions,” he said.
“So, coming here to be the officer-in-charge to be doing general police duties was quite a bit different.
“Plus, neither my wife nor I ever lived rural — we had always lived along the coast.”
Mr Seabrook described his time in Longreach as fantastic.
“The community are welcoming, the people here are very down-to-earth,” he said.
“You go down the street, there’s always someone you can talk to, no one’s really in that much of a hurry.
“It’s a bit of old school style, we like it, we feel very comfortable here, it’s a very safe place to be — not only do we feel that I also [in my job] know that.”
In times of disasters such as floods and droughts, Mr Seabrook said he believes western communities handle it better.
“They’re better prepared to deal with situations [individually],” he said.
“Where if someone is having an issue on the coast, if they’re not serviced in half an hour, they’re on the phone looking to have that rectified.
“While people out here sort of say, ‘well, they’ll get it sorted’, and they deal with it.
“I think the people out west are a lot more resilient.”
Mr Seabrook said he believes Longreach is one of the best places in terms of its low crime rate.
“[It’s] one of the best places to live in Queensland,” he said.
“Not just in the Longreach township, but in the great Longreach area, which includes a number of surrounding stations, has the lowest crime rate in the state,” he said.
“So, it’s a very safe place.
“In terms of the policing experience, the younger officers that do their tenure here, they get a different experience out there, but they don’t get the busy job to job to job they might get elsewhere.”
Mr Seabrook said after 31 years of policing it had been a very interesting, challenging career.
“There’s a lot of positives to remember and relish, and it’s time to move on to a new future,” he said.
On Wednesday, September 29, the Longreach Police Department will host a going away dinner for Mr Seabrook at the Woolshed Restaurant.
Tickets are $35, to RSVP, please contact Shift Supervisor Beau McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org.