For the love of his community
By LYNDAL GAWEN
FORGET easy rides and free tickets, Gerald Doyle's journey to becoming a State Police Officer took years of dedication and application.
A Woorabinda lad, Mr Doyle finished school at Wangatti, Cairns, in 1996 ? and there his journey begins.
After school Mr Doyle returned to Woorabinda to be with his family and started work as the pool manager.
As a concerned citizen he volunteered for Woorabinda Council as a community police officer and with a love for rugby league he made a name for himself.
Then in 2000 the Queensland Government introduced a pilot program that they hoped would incorporate Aboriginal and Torre Straight Islanders into the police force.
Wanting to be more involved Mr Doyle took up the opportunity to become a part of the new program called, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Police (QATSIP).
"I remember a few community members didn't think I'd last long ? I showed them,'' Mr Doyle said with a grin.
Mr Doyle spent four years at Woorabinda in the QATSIP program, which provided him with all the powers a State Police Officer has but only at the community level.
A key element to Mr Doyle's job was to improve relations between the State Police and the Woorabinda population, and even judge a situation with understanding.
Last year Mr Doyle was accepted by PROVE to train as a Queensland Police Officer in Brisbane, and 13 months later that is what he is doing.
"Everything happened this year,'' Mr Doyle said. Explaining that his wife had another child while he was away studying.
Intake for QATSIP has started up again and all Aboriginal and Torre Straight Islanders are encouraged to join.