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First cadet graduation of 2019 taking place today

09 Jan 2019 10:13am

Today SA Police are holding the organisation’s first graduation ceremony of 2019, with the members of Course 31 celebrating the successful conclusion of their 12-months of intensive training at the SA Police Academy at Taperoo.

Among the nine men and 11 women (ranging in age from 20 to 43) who are graduating are Probationary Constables Nicole Baker and Jalil Danesh (pictured).

Probationary Constable Baker grew up in Adelaide before graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Arts, while Probationary Constable Danesh – who studied a Bachelor of Business Property - was born in Afghanistan and came to Australia with his family when he was aged 15.

Posted to work in Adelaide’s Northern District, he said that becoming a police officer had been a childhood dream.

“I want to serve the community in a more tangible way and I want a job where I am physically active and policing provides that opportunity,” he added. “I also like the fact that every day has the potential to be completely different from the one before.”

Probationary Constable Baker, who has been posted to Port Adelaide in the Western District, said she too was attracted to a career in policing due to the varied roles, which would enable her to interact with lots of different people on a day-to-day basis.

“I also think it is great the amount of diversity and options you have once you are in the job,” she said. “I am really excited to get out there and get started.”

SA Police offer more than 40 career options – including working as a police officer, protective security officer, community constable and in administration or support roles – so if you are interested in join our team visit the website: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/join-us

Today's graduation ceremony acknowledges the effort and dedication of recruits over the last 12 months, which is the first year of their Constable Development Program.

At the academy, they combine lessons in law, investigations and procedure with operational safety, firearms and basic driver training.

Following graduation from the academy, they begin a 16 to 18-month probationary period that aims to build on the skills they’ve developed and to provide valuable in-field experience.