27 Jun 2018 10:43am
Today the police recruits on Course 28 will leave the SA Police Academy to begin their new careers as probationary constables.
The graduation reflects the move by SA Police towards focusing on youth recruitment, with nine of today's graduates under the age of 24.
A total of 23 graduates – 12 men and 11 women ranging in ages from 19 to 44 – will celebrate the end of their 12 months of training.
Among them are Oliver von Doussa (left) who took a gap year to the UK after leaving school in 2015, and then worked in tourism before joining the police.
Heading for the Eastern Adelaide Local Service Area, 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 (right) sought out a change in career direction because he too wanted a job that challenged him.
“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.”
He will be beginning his career at Murray Bridge.
Anyone who is interested in joining the police – either as a police officer, a community constable, a protective security officer or in the call centre - can find more information about the process online: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/join-us