04 May 2018 1:30pm
Today the second graduation ceremony for the week took place at the SA Police Academy at Taperoo.
On Wednesday, 43 new police officers graduated, and today 14 new Protective Security Officers officially began their new careers after a ceremony before Assistant Commissioner Noel Bamford, the officers in charge of the Police Academy and Police Security Services Branch, friends and family.
Today’s graduates range in age from 24 to 48 years, and will be working a range of locations across Adelaide.
They will join the SA Police Security Services Branch helping to maintain the security of South Australian Government critical infrastructure and high risk assets.
The Branch also provides a whole-of-government alarm and CCTV monitoring service across the Adelaide CBD and major transport corridors.
The nine men and five women graduates have diverse backgrounds including previously working in sales, project management, trades, as a beauty therapist and as a kennel attendant.
One, James Burrows said he swapped his job as a retail assistant for the rigours and rewards of protective security because he wanted new challenges and a career that involves helping the community.
“I thoroughly enjoyed all facets of training, particularly the team work and close bond established with my colleagues,” he said.
“The knowledge I have gained over the nine week period has prepared me to face the challenges that a protective security officer will experience.”
Fellow graduate Karina Blacket, who previously worked in Papua New Guinea, said she was looking forward to the new role and continuing to expand her skillset.
“It’s a privilege to be selected to work for SAPOL in the Security Control Centre and the ability to make a difference within the community through surveillance. I can’t wait to begin my new career,” she said.
Further information about the diverse career as a protective security officer is available on the SA Police website at https://www.police.sa.gov.au/join-us or by calling the SAPOL recruiting team on 7322 3353.