Cadets en­joy life on beat

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

SEE­ING her brother come home wear­ing a po­lice uni­form was all the in­cen­tive 17-year-old Nikki Am­phlett needed to join the po­lice force.

“I’ve al­ways re­ally wanted to be a cop and when my brother came home and said he was a po­lice of­fi­cer that re­ally sealed the deal,” Ms Am­phlett said.

She is one of two po­lice cadets sta­tioned at Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Sta­tion.

The cadets un­dergo a twoyear place­ment as part of their train­ing.

Both cadets are in the first year of their place­ment and move to dif­fer­ent sta­tions ev­ery four or five months. Ms Am­phlett’s fel­low po­lice cadet at Kens­ing­ton, 18-year-old Akash Verma, said it was his sec­ond post­ing af­ter spend­ing time at the busy Can­ning­ton Po­lice Sta­tion and he was rel­ish­ing his new-found ca­reer.

“My dad has al­ways been in­ter­ested in po­lice work and he has friends who are po­lice of­fi­cers, so I de­cided to ap­ply as I wanted a job with new chal­lenges ev­ery day,” Mr Verma said.

Both cadets said no two days in the job were the same and they both looked for­ward to com­ing to work. “In the morn­ing we are typ­i­cally at­tend­ing front counter du­ties, fil­ing re­ports and then in the af­ter­noon we go out on the road with two con­sta­bles,” Ms Am­phlett said.

“We are there as ob­servers as part of our train­ing and we are taught skills such as how to read a sit­u­a­tion and we rely on the ex­pe­ri­ence of some of the more se­nior of­fi­cers.

“One thing we have learned is that you have to be very pa­tient and stay in con­trol.”

For de­tails about a ca­reer in the WA Po­lice, visit http:// www.stepforward.wa.gov.au.

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Po­lice cadets Nikki Am­phlett and Akash Verma at Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Sta­tion.

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