CADET KEEN TO EX­CEL

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

Mo­ti­vated and strong, 20-year-old Kahli King El­liot is a woman de­ter­mined to join the Western Aus­tralian po­lice force and make a dif­fer­ence. The for­mer Mandurah res­i­dent is off to a fly­ing start, af­ter be­ing named 2015 WA Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Stu­dent of the Year and re­cently be­ing ac­cepted into the WA Po­lice Academy. “Be­ing part of the WA Train­ing Awards has been an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent my­self and the train­ing path­way I took,” Ms El­liot said. “Be­ing able to be a voice for the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity, WA Po­lice, the vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing path­way, and for peo­ple from ru­ral ar­eas has been one of the best things about win­ning an award. “It means a lot — I’m a coun­try kid and so to be seen and heard within Perth and to be recog­nised by the po­lice was a big thing.” The mid­dle child of three Ms El­liot started her ca­reer as a cadet com­plet­ing a twoyear trainee­ship. “I was al­ways in­ter­ested in the mil­i­tary side of the po­lice — the dis­ci­pline and the struc­ture,” Ms El­liot said. “I first wanted to join the navy but didn’t get in due to med­i­cal rea­sons, so the next step was the po­lice force.” As a cadet the young gun was posted to a dif­fer­ent sta­tion ev­ery four months in­clud­ing Wem­b­ley, Mid­land, Mandurah and Pin­jarra.

“I was sur­prised by the warm and friendly feel­ing I got at each sta­tion, they were all sim­i­lar but slightly dif­fer­ent — like a big fam­ily,” she said

Af­ter be­ing a cadet for two years Ms El­liot for­mally ap­plied for the WA Po­lice Force which in­volved a phys­i­cal and phys­i­o­log­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and a “fright­en­ing in­ter­view”.

“I think it helped be­ing a po­lice cadet first and I am now half­way through the 28-week process to be­come a fully-fledged of­fi­cer,” she said.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing and hard. They are want­ing to find the best cop­pers for the Force so you’re pushed to your limits men­tally and phys­i­cally.”

Born and raised in Ku­nunurra, the busy of­fi­cer finds time to work with Navy cadets in Fre­man­tle and ad­mits to get­ting home­sick.

“My grand­par­ents come down as much as they can and when­ever I get the chance I try and go home,” Ms El­liot said.

“I would like a coun­try post­ing ei­ther in Ku­nunurra or the Kim­ber­ley, but in the first 18 months af­ter grad­u­at­ing you have to go where ever they send you,” she said.

Since be­gin­ning her jour­ney with the WA Po­lice she has also be­come an am­bas­sador for re­cruit­ment, vis­it­ing schools in Ku­nunurra and Mandurah — men­tor­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and en­cour­ag­ing them into the work­force.

“Ul­ti­mately I would like to be apart of the mounted or mo­tor­bike po­lice and then the do­mes­tic violence and ju­ve­nile jus­tice squad — I think it’s re­ward­ing to know you’re help­ing kids get out of bad sit­u­a­tions,” Ms El­liot said.

“I would like work up the chain to be­come an in­spec­tor or su­per­in­ten­dent, but in all hon­esty I’m go­ing to en­joy the job wher­ever it takes me.”

Pic­ture: De­part­ment of Train­ing and Work­force De­vel­op­ment

Kahli King El­liot was named WA Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Stu­dent of the Year 2015 in the WA Train­ing Awards.

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