Two first year constables have launched their career with Queensland Police at Wynnum.
Katana Bailey, 20, and Jarryd Dennais, 29, are among 89 First Year Constables (FYCs) to join the Queensland Police Service after graduating from the Oxley Police Academy.
Senior Sergeant Wayne Richter said Katana and Jarryd were both managers prior to joining QPS and brought a range of knowledge and lived experiences from their previous careers.
“Katana and Jarryd are both very motivated and are demonstrating a passion for helping our local community,” he said.
Snr-Sgt Richter said Katana was looking forward to a career in the Dog Squad and Jarryd had an interest in the Tactical Crime Squad.
“We always look forward to having First Year Constables complete their training at Wynnum Station,” he said.
“We have a great relationship with the Wynnum community and having the First Year Constables on board allows them to commence a career with the QPS in a location that allows them to proactively give back to our community.”
The new First Year Constables were officially inducted into the QPS after completing 36 weeks at the academy where they underwent extensive training in physical skills, driving, firearms and field craft.
Snr-Sgt Richter said whilst at the academy, training was based on everyday policing situations that allowed recruits to develop appropriate decision-making skills to solve operational policing issues.
“Recruits undergo extensive training in physical skills, driving, firearms and field craft,” he said.
“There is no doubt that policing can be a very confronting and at times challenging and dangerous job, but the FYCs can draw on their training as well as support from their colleagues to overcome any challenges.”
Snr-Sgt Richter said after graduating from the academy, the FYCs will undertake a 12-month First Year training programme, starting with an eight-week ‘mentor’ phase.
“During the mentor phase, the FYCs will be directly supervised for eight weeks by a trained Field Training Officer,” he said.
“Following this phase, the FYCs will continue to undertake further station-based training, where they will hone their skills under the guidance of experienced officers a complete rotations in the Criminal
Investigation Branch, Traffic, Tactical Crime Squad and Traffic Branch to expand their skills and understanding.”
Snr-Sgt Richter said Wynnum Station had increasingly become a training station for FYCs leaving the Police Academy.