Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Recruiting to Join Mackay Police Ranks

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Recruiting to Join Mackay Police Ranks

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Byline: with Mackay Police acting sergeant Steve Smith

A SHORT written test, a 10-minute medical examination and then a panel interview.

That was all it took for me to be accepted as a cadet at the Queensland Police Academy in Brisbane. But that was in 1989 - as you would expect, many things have changed.

For example, the cadet program that I completed during my time at Oxley - it no longer exists. It hasn't for a very long time.

Never ending perimeter fence line laps, sprints, weights, wrestling, push ups ... the dreaded obstacle course. Physical training today is much smarter and more specific. Strong memories of great fun had at the driver training oil-soaked figure-eight skid pan will never be forgotten. Orientation, firearms, first aid training and learning to type!

You might think that exams based on legislation were the most nerve wracking assessments at the time? No. What we called HR, which involved scenario based assessments, caused the most anxiety. …

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