HAVING been the longest-serving police officer in town, Bauer in blue hung up her Blackwater badge this month.
Senior Constable Angela Bauer experienced her last day on the beat in Blackwater on January 2 and said, as usual, there was plenty to do.
"It was sad, but we were really busy on my last shift," she said.
"It just hasn't sunk in."
Snr Const Bauer joined the police force in 1991 in Brisbane. She moved to Blackwater in 1995.
There was one other female officer in the ranks then and Snr Const Bauer was only meant to stay in town for three months.
She celebrated 20 years before she moved to Gracemere in January.
"I came at the very end of October, 1995, so I didn't quite break the 20 mark," she said with a laugh.
"At one stage we had more women than men."
Snr Const Bauer can remember a time when it was just her.
She now will be based in Rockhampton, working with the local high school.
In Blackwater, Snr Const Bauer immersed herself in the local community with her husband David and son Thomas.
And while Rockhampton might be larger in size, working solo, and heading out to jobs in small numbers is a task she is familiar with.
"I'll be working on my own, but I'll be doing children's stuff," she said.
"Out here we're often working solo, or with another officer."
Snr Const Bauer said regardless of where she was based, becoming a part of the local community, joining in sporting events and having an active family life were essential.
"You just have to make a choice, you have to choose if you have a life," she said.
"Being here was right for us," she explained.
But she will be back in town visiting.
"A few people have seen me since my last day and said, oh you're back, you've missed us already."
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