New constables Ryan Baillie, Dean Brooker, Aaren Moriarty, Jeffrey Harvey, Brendan O'Neill and Andrew Ross.
New constables Ryan Baillie, Dean Brooker, Aaren Moriarty, Jeffrey Harvey, Brendan O'Neill and Andrew Ross. Allan Reinikka

Here's our new recruits

WHAT do a funeral director, chef, customs worker, retail manager, uni student and military serviceman all have in common?

They're the six new cops on the beat in Rockhampton.

These were the guys who always played the “cops” and not the “robbers” when they were kids.

They have all finished six months of intensive training at the Oxley Police Academy in Brisbane and started their careers as first-year constables in Rockhampton district.

Ryan Baillie, one of the new recruits, yesterday said he had been interested in the police force since he was younger.

Police Academy has always been one of his favourite movies but Ryan said his first month with the force had been nothing like the 1980s blockbuster.

The new cadets range in age from straight-from-uni Brendon O'Neill, 21, through to Jeffrey Harvey, a 34-year-old former chef.

In the last month in Rockhampton they've been faced with everything from a house destroyed by arson to a simple break-and-enter.

“Every day is different,” Ryan said.

In the Rockhampton district, which covers Yeppoon and Gracemere, there are more than 300 police officers.

Yesterday the new officers had a chance to meet with Rockhampton MP Robert Schwarten.

Over the next 12 months these six constables will be involved in different areas of the station, from the Child Protection Investigation Unit to the Criminal Investigation Branch and patrols.

Acting Senior Sergeant of Training Kerri Duffy said recruits were sworn into the service at different times in the year.



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