New cops keen to bet­ter com­mu­nity

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

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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Pic­ture: An­drea Falvo

Con­sta­bles Jon Lacey, Alice Ryle and Ashleigh Short joined the Tablelands beat this week just in time for Christ­mas.

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