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Graduates to ‘achieve more’

Twenty-three new officers have joined the ranks of SAPOL after graduating from the Police Academy at a graduation ceremony held today.

Course 28 comprises 12 men and 11 women, ranging in age from 19 to 44, who will become probationary constables after celebrating the end of their 12 months of training.

Among them is Oliver von Doussa who took a gap year to the UK after leaving school in 2015, and then worked in tourism before joining the police.

Heading for Eastern Adelaide LSA, he was drawn to a career in the police because of the practical nature of the work which also offers structured promotional opportunities.

Also posted to Eastern Adelaide, Melissa Fairney had an administration background, but her in-laws are police officers giving her an insight into a job that she was already interested in.

“The promise of a career that will constantly challenge me and allow me to do my bit for the community really appeals to me,” she said.

“My graduation day is one of the proudest days of my life.”

Fellow Course 28 graduate Derek Mattner sought out a change in career direction because he too wanted a job that challenged him. He will commence his career at Murray Bridge.

“Graduating is one of my biggest achievements in my life,” he said.

“This past year has been one of the most stressful and demanding. I am very happy and proud to graduate.”

Congratulations and welcome to all our new police officers.

Anyone who is interested in joining the police – either as a police officer, a protective security officer or in the call centre – can find more information about the process on the SAPOL website.

27 June 2018