Lead­ing the way

PO­LICE CA­REER COMES FULL CIR­CLE

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Comment - Ben Smith

AUS­TRALIA'S first fe­male bomb tech­ni­cian Jodie Pear­son be­lieves the pres­ence of strong fe­male role mod­els through­out her ca­reer moulded her lead­er­ship skills.

Se­nior Sergeant Pear­son is the Gos­nells po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge and her 29 years with the po­lice force in­cludes more than 15 years in the Tac­ti­cal Re­sponse Group.

She said she had served along­side sev­eral strong fe­males who in­spired her to be a men­tor and was proud to be part of the Gos­nells sta­tion where 43 per cent of the staff were fe­male.

“There have al­ways been women around in strong po­si­tions who have al­ways men­tored peo­ple and that re­ally in­flu­enced me, so I try be a men­tor to other women as well,” she said.

“I al­ways had re­ally strong fe­male role mod­els. When I worked at the Fin­ger­print Bureau, there was a fin­ger­print ex­pert who was fe­male. I worked at a re­cruit­ing branch that was pre­dom­i­nantly fe­male.

“I worked in Fremantle De­tec­tives and I had a re­ally awe­some role model there.

“I never had a prob­lem with us­ing my pro­file as a fe­male bomb tech­ni­cian in the me­dia be­cause I wanted to show peo­ple com­ing up that there is noth­ing you can't do.”

Sgt Pear­son said it was “ab­so­lutely im­por­tant” to not only cel­e­brate trail­blaz­ing fe­male of­fi­cers but con­sider how to help guide the ris­ing ones.

“All those peo­ple who have come be­fore us have made their mark and have made things bet­ter for us, so it's re­ally im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge that work and then rise to the chal­lenge to make it bet­ter for the next gen­er­a­tion,” she said.

While Sgt Pear­son was “re­lent­less” in her pur­suit of be­com­ing a bomb tech­ni­cian, she said it was all about be­ing able to do the job to the best of her abil­ity.

“I con­tin­ued to meet all the ex­pec­ta­tions and I kept pes­ter­ing the bosses and kept high­light­ing the ben­e­fits for me to be trained,” she said.

“In the end, I think I might have worn them down a lit­tle bit, but they saw there was a ben­e­fit to train me in that role.”

Her ca­reer has come full cir­cle now she has re­turned to Gos­nells, where she grew up and first re­alised she wanted to join the po­lice force.

“I re­mem­ber play­ing board games with my family and I was more con­cerned that the rules were be­ing abided by and ad­ju­di­cated on those kinds of things,” she said.

“I al­ways aligned po­lice more so than any other; it res­onated with me as long as I could re­mem­ber.

“As soon as I hit Year 12 at Gos­nells Se­nior High School, I ap­plied to be a cadet.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469786

Se­nior Sergeant Jodie Pear­son.

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