25 Jun 2018 12:26pm
A total of 43 new police officers graduate today (2 May) after 12-months of dedicated training at the South Australian Police Academy at Taperoo.
The two courses graduating in today's ceremony have a total of 18 men and 25 women on them, ranging in age from 19 to 48.
The individuals have a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, including (from Course 26) Danielle Carse, who has previously worked as a teacher, but will soon be starting work at Mt Barker.
The mother-of-one says she chose a police career in order to be a positive role model for her daughter, while also being drawn to the wide range of opportunities and pathways that exist within the role.
Fellow graduate and soon to be colleague at Mt Barker, Indi Withers (left), has previously worked as both a farmer at Narrung and a public servant with SAPOL before putting on the uniform.
“I wanted a job that offered a dynamic workplace, a variety in duties and an opportunity to give back to the community,” he said.
From Course 27, Ryan Mitchell (right) previous worked as a Protective Security Officer (PSO) for three years and is now off to Whyalla.
“Policing is something that I have wanted to do since I was at school,” he said. “The thought of going to work each day and not knowing what I will encounter or the difference I could possibly make in someone’s life by simply doing my job is something that appealed to me.
“I am excited about serving the South Australian community and making a difference to those who need it.”
For classmate, Niamah Haddow, her graduation means following in family footsteps, with both her mother and step father police officers in the UK, but also followed a dedicated effort to lose weight and improve her fitness levels.
“All through my life I have been overweight, keeping fit and passing fitness tests was something that I never imagined,” she said.
Posted to Port Adelaide, the university graduate said even after all the effort and training “sometimes I still can’t believe that I’m going to be a police officer – it’s an incredible feeling.”
SA Police are pleased to welcome these new Probationary Constables to our ranks, and wish them every success during their careers.
If you want more information about joining the South Australia Police either as a police officer, community constable or PSO, please visit: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/join-us