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SAPOL welcomes the new graduates of Course 40

13 May 2020 1:01pm

Today, South Australia Police welcomes 20 new Probationary Constables, as Course 40 graduates from the Police Academy at Taperoo.

The graduates will be sworn in at 1pm on Wednesday, 13 May.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, today’s crop of trainees will not celebrate their long-awaited graduation via a public ceremony, with proud friends and family watching on.

Course 40 is comprised of 10 female and 10 male graduating members, aged between 20 and 35 years.

Photograph of Probationary Constables Peter McDermott and Elisha Preece

Probationary Constable Peter McDermott and Probationary Constable Elisha Preece at the Police Academy, Taperoo

Among their number is former PSO, Probationary Constable Peter McDermott, who has spent the previous decade working with SAPOL’s Police Protective Security Branch.

Probationary Constable McDermott is excited to begin his first posting in the Northern District, describing today’s graduation from the Police Academy as his proudest achievement to date.

“I chose to join SAPOL because of the variety of career paths available and because there’s a level of pride associated with being a Police Officer.

“I aspire to be a valued team member at Elizabeth, and to learn a lot from my field tutors. Ultimately, I have aspirations to work within the Criminal Investigations Branch.”

Fellow Course 40 graduate, Probationary Constable Elisha Preece was previously employed as a café supervisor and studied at Flinders University.

Starting work at Parks Police Station in SAPOL's Western District, she aspires to one day work in SAPOL’s State Tactical Response Group or Volume Crime Team.

Probationary Constable Preece was enticed by the prospect of an active job, with plenty of variety, where no single day is the same as the next.

“This past year at the Academy has flown by, and I’ve loved it – but I’m really looking forward to joining my team and starting the job,” she says.

SA Police are always recruiting, and offer more than 40 career options, including working as a Police Officer, Protective Security Officer or Community Constable.

For more information about joining SA Police. please visit our recruiting website: