ROUND TWO: Monto policemen Matt Stark and Mick Bazzo's accept the Community Event of the Year award on Australia Day for last year's trivia night.
ROUND TWO: Monto policemen Matt Stark and Mick Bazzo's accept the Community Event of the Year award on Australia Day for last year's trivia night. Jack Lawrie

Cops quiz locals at trivia night round two

THE MONTO police have strengthened their community ties by hosting two much-loved events in recent weeks.

Following its success in 2017, senior constable Matt Stark and sergeant Mick Bazzo decided to make the Monto Sheriffs Fund Trivia Night an annual affair.

The event was established as a fundraiser with all proceeds directed to community policing and crime prevention-projects.

Money raised at last year's trivia night, which was awarded community event of the year, allowed police to purchase a motion-activated security camera and digital voice recorders to assist with investigations and funded the inaugural Blue Light Disco.

More than 100 locals packed Monto Shire Hall last Saturday as 15 teams went head-to-head for the Sheriffs Shield, donated by local Keith Roth.

The light-hearted competition went down to the wire, with the Just Teasin' Hair and Beauty team triumphing in a tie breaker over the combined police and Monto State High School teachers team.

The event raised over $2700, which senior constable Stark said constituted a huge success for the two-man force.

The annual Sherrifs Fund Trivia night at the Monto Shire Hall.
The annual Sherrifs Fund Trivia night at the Monto Shire Hall. Contributed

"We would like to thank all of the local small businesses who donated gifts and all of the patrons who attended,” he said.

"It's a great opportunity for police to engage with our local community members and have a bit of fun.

"Both sergeant Bazzo and I encouraged people to come along and give us a bit of stick and the banter throughout the evening was appreciated”.

The night before, police got in the spirit of Halloween and threw a party geared toward the community's younger members.

More than 170 kids, some dressed as ghosts, goblins, witches, superheroes and princesses, attended the Halloween Blue Light Disco.

Local DJ's from Monto State High School were on hand to provide the entertainment and keep the dance floor thumping for the entire evening.

Senior constable Stark said he was completely astounded at the level of community support shown to the event.

"I have been running Blue Light Disco's for about the past 7 years in other small towns,” he said.

"The attendance by the children at these events is remarkable.

"I cannot thank the children and their parents enough for their continued support”.

Monto police said they plan to host another Blue Light Disco early next year.


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