New cops keen to better community
THREE new constables passionate about making a change for the better in the community have hit the ground running after joining the Tablelands beat.
Constables Jon Lacey and Ashleigh Short and Constable Alice Ryle joined the Mareeba and Atherton police stations respectively this week, after graduating from the Queensland police academy last Friday.
The trio began their first operational shift yesterday and will spend the next 12 months on the Tablelands as part of the First Year Constable (FYC) Program.
Constable Short said she had wanted to be a police officer since she was about 14years-old.
Prior to joining the Queensland Police Service, she studied a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice to help her achieve her dream.
“I’ve been working away at it slowly,” she said.
“I’ve always been interested in helping the community.
“I did three or four years with St Vincent de Paul so I like getting in the community and trying to make a difference for the better.”
After seeing an increase in crime with men and women her own age, Constable Ryle decided she wanted to step up and help make a change.
“I was seeing an increase in crime in the area I was living in back in Mackay so I thought that I would try and change things for the better,” she said.
Constable Lacey said he had followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the QPS.
He said the highlight of his journey was graduation day.
Education and Training Officer in Charge Sergeant Paula Byrne said the FYCs will have the chance to rotate through the Road Policing Unit and Criminal Investigation Branch to gain further experience.
“I’m impressed. They’ve got a high level of motivation and they’ve demonstrated good knowledge so far,” she said.
“We get audited twice a year and we continue to meet all the requirements and therefore they always give us recruits because we’ve got a really good training base here.”
I’m impressed. They’ve got a high level of motivation and they’ve demonstrated good knowledge so far. Education and Training Officer in Charge Sergeant Paula Byrne
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Constables Jon Lacey, Alice Ryle and Ashleigh Short joined the Tablelands beat this week just in time for Christmas.