Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Melissa Adams, an Inspiration

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Melissa Adams, an Inspiration

Article excerpt

AS part of Queensland Women's Week, we would like to share some of the stories from the central police region to highlight the contribution they make to policing.

Meet Melissa Adams -- Senior Sergeant, Rockhampton.

Senior Sergeant Adams is viewed as a natural leader, widely recognised as an approachable and confident person who has earned the trust of members of the police service and the community. She has been fearless in her support of women and acknowledged as a role model, mentor and coach for her staff. She is a tireless worker who has the highest level of integrity and a work ethic second to none.

I am inspired by...

My crew, who turn up each day, deal with all manner of the world's woes and do it with a smile on their face and mostly they can come back to the station and have a laugh with each other. Individually, they are an eclectic and interesting mix of people. Collectively they are capable of great things. I am also inspired by people with a good work ethic and attitude. It's always good to see people with a positive attitude and who turn up to work and give it a good go, whatever the task is.

Never say...

'I need to be more like this person or that person'. Don't. Be yourself. Being authentic to who you are within the bounds of your job and the professionalism it requires. It's sometimes a hard thing to do and a hard lesson learned, but you will never be happy if you are trying to be something you are not.

I believe...

You can always do more than you thought you could. We are very self-defeating and can pigeonhole ourselves, whether that is gender related or how we see ourselves in the world. As an example, I am not 'brainy', I am not 'sporty', 'I don't interview well'. The hardest thing is sometimes to muster up the courage and have a go.

My job is satisfying because...

It has variety and it has people. …

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