Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho is officer-in-charge of Nambour Road Policing Unit.
Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho is officer-in-charge of Nambour Road Policing Unit. contributed

The strangest thing this cop has seen

WATCHING a would-be rescuer breathe down a dolphin's blowhole is among the strangest sights to which Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho's career has exposed him.

The Coast's top traffic cop has done many roles since joining the Queensland Police Service a little more than 30 years ago.

His career has taken him from Brisbane to Central Queensland to the Coast in roles such as prosecuting criminals in a court room, walking the beat in uniform and investigating crimes as a plain clothes officer.

In a candid interview he detailed what drove him in the job as well as a few of the strangest sights that have stuck with him through the years.

"Apart from the having to intercede in human mating rituals undertaken in some bizarre locations across this amazing state of ours, I would say a well-meaning individual who tried to give a dolphin mouth to blowhole resuscitation," Snr Sgt Panoho said.

"The mammal was ill and trying to beach itself."

Snr Sgt Panoho is now the officer-in-charge of Nambour Road Policing unit and his focus during road safety week is highlighting the futility of the loss of life and carnage of our roads.

He questioned under what circumstances a community could accept as normal the deaths of 153 people across the state in the first eight months of the year.

"Somehow because it has happened on a road there is an acquiescence not outrage.

"We need to re-think the way we drive.

"We need to drive to live; slow down, wear a seat belt, don't drive tired, remove distractions and don't drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"All of these things are the major contributors to serious and fatal road crashes."

He said the most rewarding aspects of his job have come from seeing colleagues reactions when confronted with dangerous and difficult situations.

"I had the pleasure of providing assistance to communities affected by natural disasters like the Brisbane and Western Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi.

"I have also been is situations where officers have selflessly placed themselves in harms way to stop the actions of those who would wilfully seek to injure others.

"I am very proud to say I am and have been a long serving member of Queensland's finest."

Had he not chosen policing he probably would have sought out a military career.

"I would like to say big wave surfer but I'm afraid of really big waves and my surfing abilities are nowhere near that capability.

"I enjoy the law and hopefully it is a pathway I will be able to explore more in the future."

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