A Queenstown police officer has displayed his sheep shearing skills, swapping handcuffs for shearing blades at a local farm.
In a Facebook Post, agricultural company PGG Wrightson explained that one of their wool reps was at a farm near Frankton when he spotted the officer lending a hand with the sheep.
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"PGG Wrightson wool rep Stuart McNaughton was on hand at David and Pam Nind' 'Remarkables Farm', near Frankton on Tuesday as they were shearing two-tooth ewes," it said.
It said McNaughton was surprised to see a police vehicle outside the woolshed, but more surprised to see a police officer "penning up" inside.
"Surprise number three came when the police constable picked up a handpiece and began shearing whilst farm manager Matt looked on obviously impressed."
The police officer - Blair Duffy of the Queenstown Police - told PGG Wrightson that he works with shearing contractors and others in rural communities from a professional policing perspective, and he also enjoys shearing when he can.
"We reckon you don't often see a cop 'Behind Baaaas' and we understand that the 'offender' was released on good behaviour after receiving her annual haircut," said the Facebook post.
Watch Blair Duffy's full interview with Rural Exchange.
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