Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

TV Show Inspired Police Reality

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

TV Show Inspired Police Reality

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I'm from:

A small town called Grandchester, south-east Queensland. I was raised on a cattle and crop farm.

My first job:

Was at a fish and chip shop called Kelli's Diner in Laidley. I worked there for eight years.

I found my way to policing...

Believe it or not, by watching Blue Heelers on TV when I was growing up. I have always loved solving problems and investigating things. I applied whilst I was studying a Bachelor of Applied Science at university.

My first day as a police officer...

Was overwhelming and exhilarating. I was a bundle of nerves but very keen to get out of the station to learn new things.

My service history...

After the Academy I was posted to Bowen for my first year. After my first year, I stayed at Bowen for the next three years. During this time, I relieved as a branch manager at the Bowen and Burdekin PCYCs. I have also relieved in the Bowen CIB. I am just in the process of moving to Nanango through a transfer.

My role:

I am a general duties officer. Whilst in Bowen I filled the role of the Domestic Violence Liaison Officer for about 18 months.

Outside of being a police officer:

I am a simple country girl who loves to socialise with family and friends. I love going home to the family farm and getting my hands dirty.

My family:

Consists of my fiancA[c], two dogs and a cat.

My big love:

Is my family, fiancA[c] and friends. Also, coffee and donuts, yes I am a clichA[c].

Being a police officer:

Has made me a more confident and independent person. It has developed my communication and investigative skills.

My professional edge:

Is my compassion and open mindedness.

Biggest success:

Is becoming a part of the community in which I police. I have gained many friendships and family.

My biggest fan:

Is my fiancA[c]. He admires my kindness, giving and loving nature. He is very supportive of everything that I do and is always there after a bad day at work. …

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