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