New police officers for Rocky
CONSTABLE Matt Findlow is gearing up for a new beat after moving from wintery Warrington, in England, to sunny Yeppoon.
He’s one of five first-year police constables this week allocated to the Central Region.
At the weekend he caught up with the region’s top police bosses and politicians in what’s been a whirlwind week since he was one of 92 new police to graduate in Brisbane on Saturday.
And while he’s yet to see much of Yeppoon, he knows plenty about the job.
Constable Findlow was a police officer in England for five years before his move.
He said the reason for the change was he wanted his five-month-old baby to have a better way of life.
“My wife’s family has been over here for 20 years,” Constable Findlow said.
“We’ve moved to be closer to them.”
He said he underwent a three-month accelerated training course at the police academy to graduate.
Constable Findlow spent the final two years of his time in England as a firearms officer, so he knows how it feels to carry a gun on the job.
Member for Robert Schwarten yesterday officially welcomed three new police officers to the Rockhampton Police Station.
“Police perform a vital role in the maintenance of community safety and I feel confident that our newest officers will continue to uphold that tradition of excellence here in Rockhampton,” Mr Schwarten said.
“These new officers have passed the Queensland Police Service’s rigorous selection and training processes and will be a great asset to the Central Queensland community.”
Mr Schwarten said each of the new officers brought previous policing experience to the job.
“Constables Stuart Briggs and Ben Cornelius both have six years policing experience, serving with the Victorian and New Zealand police services respectively,” he said.
“Some members of the community may already be familiar with Constable John Tobane, who served our community as a Police Liaison Officer before graduating from the Police Academy this month.”
Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan said a further two new officers had started duties at Yeppoon Police Station.
“I welcome Constables Fiona McPhee and Matt Findlow to Yeppoon, whose previous experience with the Queensland and UK police services will be a great asset to our area,” Mr Hoolihan said.
Mr Schwarten said the Bligh Government had given a commitment to fund an additional 600 police officers over the next three years, including 203 officers in the 2009-10 State Budget.