Second generation cop moving on
After seven years on the Te Anau beat, Constable Glenn Matheson is moving north.
His departure will mark the end of an era for the community, as Mr Matheson's father Lloyd also served as a police officer in Te Anau.
Mr Matheson is going to Paeroa, in the Coromandel, where he hopes to try out new opportunities in the police force.
"[Te Anau is] a good community to police in but the opportunities for development and growth are pretty limited. It's a good wee town. It's the way that you'd hope most towns in New Zealand are."
Mr Matheson shifted to Te Anau aged about 2, when his father began policing in the town.
He grew up watching his dad work there and decided to follow in his footsteps - against orders.
"I got basically told not to join the police and that's probably one factor that motivated me to join."
After graduating from police college, he began work in Invercargill in January 2000, before taking over from his father in Te Anau in 2006.
During his time in Te Anau, Mr Matheson has been heavily involved in the Fiordland Search and Rescue and is a qualified rescue helicopter winchman.
Saving people and hearing their stories was one of the most rewarding parts of his job, he said.
"You go out and people are pleased to see you - it's not always the case when you're policing the traffic aspect."
There were also more difficult times.
Working in a small community, knowing the families affected, and having to break the bad news to them at the end of a shift was the worst part of his job, he said.
Sergeant Peter Graham, relieving officer in charge of Te Anau, said Mr Matheson would be missed.
He had a lot of local knowledge and skills,many contacts in the area and a lot of friends, he said.
"I remember him starting in Invercargill - he had hair back then."
Two "newbies" from Auckland, one of them originally from Te Anau, would relocate this month to fill the station, he said.
Mr Matheson will finish in Te Anau on October 26, and will start work in Paeroa on November 11.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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