By Brett Berry
Inspector, Clarence Division
TASMANIA Police is now actively recruiting officers, with the recent launch of our latest recruitment campaign aimed at improving our diversity.
At the launch on 10 July, Commander Rob Blackwood from Education and Training said, “Just like the people who make up our community, Tasmania Police officers come from all walks of life, with diverse experiences behind them.”
“This campaign is about further encouraging applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to become police officers, so we can make sure we’re properly reflecting the diverse Tasmanian community we live and work in.”
These words recognise our community is at its strongest when we make the most of our diversity, using the broad range of skills and perspectives diversity affords.
For all these reasons, Tasmania Police is committed to improving our diversity – and in the process deliver a better service to our community.
You may not have previously considered a career with Tasmania Police – perhaps you thought you were not who we were looking for – but you may be surprised.
We’re looking for people from all backgrounds, with a focus on people who are ready to learn, have well developed listening skills and are quick thinking.
Importantly, applicants should ideally be resilient, honest, empathetic, compassionate, adaptable, self-confident, decisive and respectful of difference.
You will also need to be physically fit, work well in teams, able to resolve conflict and be a good communicator.
Successful applicants will undertake a 29-week recruit training program at the Rokeby Police Academy and will be enrolled within the Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) Degree through the University of Tasmania.
The training is rigorous, physically and academically demanding, but highly rewarding.
You will be trained in all the necessary operational skills to carry out your police duties.
Although this all sounds daunting, you will receive all the support you need from our experienced educational and training staff at the Academy.
The intensive training is just the beginning of a career full of lifelong learning opportunities and diverse roles.
These roles include uniform duties, prosecution, crime scene officers, marine and rescue services, dog handler squad, special operations group and criminal investigation branch detectives.
If this sounds interesting, you want a challenge, and you’d like to give something back to the Tasmanian community, we’d like to hear from you.
For more information about Tasmania Police recruiting, visit www.recruitment.police.tas.gov.au.
Caption: From left, recent graduate Constable Clare McVeity, who previously worked as a teacher, with police dog Quinn and Senior Constable William Flynn.