Proud of women on force

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Be­nalla Se­nior Con­sta­ble Kat Al­lisey, who has been a mem­ber of Vic­to­ria Po­lice for more than 12 years, is rapt to be join­ing her fel­low of­fi­cers in cel­e­brat­ing the 100-year an­niver­sary of Madge Con­nor and El­iz­a­beth Beer be­com­ing the first fe­male of­fi­cers in the state.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice is cel­e­brat­ing the 100-year an­niver­sary of Madge Con­nor and El­iz­a­beth Beer be­com­ing the first fe­male of­fi­cers in the state.

Be­nalla Se­nior Con­sta­ble Kat Al­lisey, who has been a mem­ber of Vic­to­ria Po­lice for more than 12 years, said be­com­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer was the best de­ci­sion she ever made.

‘‘I met a group of young con­sta­bles about 15 years ago through my pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ment and lis­ten­ing to their stories and see­ing the ca­ma­raderie be­tween those guys made me think that this is some­thing that I could be in­ter­ested in,’’ Sen Const Al­lisey said.

‘‘That’s how it all started for me.

‘‘When I went into the academy I was 22, and fairly fresh out of school.

‘‘So I didn’t strug­gle with the study side of things, and phys­i­cally I en­tered the academy quite fit and came out even fit­ter.

‘‘(At the academy) we all as­sisted each other in re­la­tion to form­ing study groups and things like that.

‘‘There was also a group of girls who went out run­ning ev­ery morn­ing to keep fit and I found that to be an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Sen Const Al­lisey says that with the tasks they needed to per­form on a daily ba­sis it was im­por­tant for all po­lice of­fi­cer to keep their fit­ness lev­els up.

‘‘It helps you to be able to phys­i­cally do the job, but I think it also as­sists you men­tally,’’ she said.

Sen Const Al­lisey has worked at var­i­ous po­lice sta­tions across Vic­to­ria and has en­joyed work­ing with other fe­male of­fi­cers.

‘‘My first train­ing sta­tion was at Cran­bourne, which is quite a tough train­ing sta­tion, and train­ing en­vi­ron­ment, very fast paced and very busy,’’ she said.

‘‘Some of the best po­lice I have worked with are the fe­male of­fi­cers at Cran­bourne po­lice sta­tion.’’

She said there were some big ad­van­tages to be­ing a fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer.

‘‘A lot of the time we would go to jobs and it might be a brawl or a vi­o­lent fight and we would get there and peo­ple would see us and say ‘oh its fe­males, they’re not here to cause us any trou­ble’ and it can ac­tu­ally dif­fuse the sit­u­a­tion.’’ she said.

Sen Const Al­lisey also cred­its Vic­to­ria Po­lice with be­ing a big help when she de­cided she wanted to start a family.

‘‘I’ve found man­age­ment to be ex­tremely sup­port­ive in re­la­tion to the fact that I joined young, I’ve then gone off and had chil­dren and I’ve been able to come back part-time and work my hours around child-care and school,’’ she said.

‘‘When you are preg­nant you’re given the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue on light du­ties, and there’s al­ways some­thing that needs to be done around the po­lice sta­tion.

‘‘The ma­ter­nity leave is ex­tremely gen­er­ous and you can even use up any an­nual leave or long ser­vice leave to ex­tend your time off if need be.’’

Dur­ing her time with Vic­to­ria Po­lice Sen Const Al­lisey has seen a big change in the ra­tio of male to fe­male of­fi­cers.

‘‘There are def­i­nitely more fe­male of­fi­cers now,’’ she said.

‘‘I grad­u­ated in 2005 and since then there has been a big push to re­cruit more fe­male of­fi­cers ev­ery year.’’

When asked about the high­lights of her ca­reer in the force Sen Const Al­lisey says there have been many, but one sticks out.

‘‘I’m cur­rently at­tached to the family vi­o­lence unit and I’ve been there for the past three years, and that’s def­i­nitely been the high­light,’’ she said.

‘‘Work­ing in that role my job is to man­age re­cidi­vist of­fend­ers and high-risk vic­tims and I’ve thor­oughly en­joyed that line of work.’’

● If you’re con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer with Vic­to­ria Po­lice you can visit www. po­lice­ca­reer.vic.gov.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

Con­sta­ble Kat Al­lisey

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