Pros­e­cu­tions and prepa­ra­tions all in a day’s work

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Roanne John­son

IT’S not the most sought-af­ter job in the ser­vice, but newly-wed, acting Se­nior - Con­sta­ble Amanda Law­son makes po­lice prose­cut­ing look glam­orous.

‘‘ It’s not ap­peal­ing for some be­cause your head is al­ways stuck in a book, you can be in court all day and not out on the road,’’ she said.

‘‘ But I wouldn’t have it any other way, it’s some­thing I have al­ways wanted to do – a mix of law and polic­ing.’’

The 32-year-old, who walked down the aisle last Oc­to­ber, re­cently be­came a fully qual­i­fied Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice pros­e­cu­tor af­ter nine months of study.

To gain the ti­tle as pros­e­cu­tor SenConst Law­son had to travel to Bris­bane four times for the the­ory com­po­nent of her train­ing and fin­ish four sub­jects at Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy be­tween re­turn­ing to Townsville for prac­ti­cal su­per­vised train­ing in court.

In be­tween all that she also man­aged to marry the of­fi­cer-in-charge of the Stu­art Po­lice Sta­tion, acting Se­nior-Sergeant Chris Law­son.

‘‘ I had to jug­gle or­gan­is­ing a wed­ding, which is al­ready hec­tic, with the train­ing so there were mo­ments where it was highly stress­ful and very test­ing,’’ she said.

To­day she has a glit­ter­ing wed­ding ring on her fin­ger and a post­grad­u­ate di­ploma in legal stud­ies to her name, but she won’t stop there and is half-way through an ex­ter­nal law de­gree.

‘‘ I want to work my way up to a com­mis­sioned rank, I don’t know if that will hap­pen but it is my dream,’’ Sen-Const Law­son said.

She most re­cently won her first big sum­mary hear­ing in­volv­ing a pub­lic nui­sance charge af­ter two po­lice­men were called ‘‘ c** ts’’ by a young of­fender, who was found guilty and fined $ 1200.

‘‘ I re­ally en­joy see­ing jus­tice take its course and be­ing a part of it, help­ing out my col­leagues is very re­ward­ing,’’ she said.

ACHIEVE­MENT: Acting Se­nior-Con­sta­ble Amanda Law­son re­cently be­came a fully qual­i­fied Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice pros­e­cu­tor

Photo: FIONA HARD­ING

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