Prosecutions and preparations all in a day’s work
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