HE is the new face behind the Central Highlands police officers.
Father Stephen Hanly was appointed police chaplain for the region in a special ceremony recently.
Father Stephen, who has lived in Emerald for the last three years, said it was an honour to be the police chaplain.
"It has been an honour and privilege to get to know police, their families and staff in the Central Highlands region," he said. "We've shared some special times together.
"As much as I've tried to be a blessing to them, they have returned that blessing, reaching out and welcoming me."
Father Stephen said his role would involve caring for and ministering to the officers in outlying areas and being there for them.
"I'm getting around and spending time with them," he said.
Emerald acting officer-in-charge Sergeant Terry McCullough said he was pleased to officially welcome Father Stephen as chaplain.
"It's good to have his valuable service and support," Sgt McCullough said.
''He fits in really well."
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