SENIOR Sergeant Peter McFarlane's first week in the job as Emerald's officer-in-charge was a "baptism of fire" but also confirmation the town was in good and capable hands.
Snr Sgt McFarlane was in charge of the search for the missing kayaker who was found three days later, drowned at Selma Weir.
"In my first week there was a missing person, it was a very sad incident," Snr Sgt McFarlane said.
"The volunteers who gave up their time and expertise to help, the assistance they gave us in that event was exceptional.
"I am so pleased at the community spirit."
He thanked the SES crews from around Central Queensland, the QFRS, SunWater, the Central Highlands Regional Council and the mines and rescue staff from BMA and Kestrel for their assistance.
Snr Sgt McFarlane, who has 20 years of operational policing experience, said he looked forward to settling in Emerald.
"This is something I wanted to do for some time, it's a good opportunity," he said.
Moving from Toowoomba, where he was officer-in-charge at the Toowoomba watch house, Snr Sgt McFarlane had to make the move on his own with his family to follow in the upcoming months.
He said he had been notified in March that he was promoted to Emerald, but his two children had already started school, and as he didn't want to interrupt their studies, decided his family would not join him until the end of the school term.
"They are excited (about the move). They did a lot of growing up in the area in Gladstone - it is not new to them or unknown," he said.
As officer-in-charge, he will be kept busy overseeing uniformed duties as well as CIB, traffic branch, scenes of crime and prosecutors.
"We really rely on the community input to solve community offences," Snr Sgt McFarlane said.
"That is part of my particular focus - the interaction with community is important so they feel comfortable in providing information to us to solve offences."