Proud of women on force
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.’’
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Constable Kat Allisey