Officer keen to engage community
SUPERINTENDENT Chris Sang is well-equipped to handle any hot potatoes that may come his way as the new district officer and "face" of the Gympie police district.
The amiable Townsville native and former Brisbane schoolboy was a state rugby league representative in his younger days and spent much of his youth on the footy field where he no doubt had to deal with his fair share of difficult plays and "hospital passes".
He remains an avid fan of the sport, and of rugby union. When there is time, he is still a keen long-distance runner.
And he is happy to confess that he enjoys watching high-level netball as well, having been stationed near the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for years, where countless national and international games took place.
Supt Sang has a great respect for the skills and athleticism of those players.
With his promotion and posting to Gympie as the new district officer from Nanango, Wondai and Proston to the Cooloola Coast, policing is now the number one priority.
Supt Sang is determined to get out and engage with the community as much as possible, something he has wasted no time in doing.
On Monday, he attended the tragic traffic fatality near Kilkivan and yesterday he spent the morning at Gympie East State School, helping to swear in new adopt-a-cop Senior Constable Rolly Wood.
His children have all grown up and left home, and he and his wife Tina relocated to Gympie in October to take up the position.
Before that they spent more than five years in Brisbane where he was an inspector with the Metro South and then Metro North regions.
Supt Sang first joined the Queensland Police Service when he was just 22. He had grown up in Townsville, the son of a railway worker, but finished his schooling in Brisbane.
After a few different jobs he joined the police force and proceeded to spend most of his career in the city, specialising with the CIB, homicide squad, drug squad and armed robbery squad.
He then spent 10 years on the Sunshine Coast at Maroochydore, before returning to Brisbane to take up the inspector's position.
What does he love most about his job?
"I love that you can change careers within your career," he says.
"And the people, generally, internally and externally, are wonderful to deal with."
Supt Sang replaces Alan Bourke, who retired last year.