New recruits on the Rocky beat
ROCKHAMPTON and Yeppoon will tomorrow receive a Christmas present neatly packaged in blue.
Seven of the nine new police constables will start on the beat tomorrow, eager to bring their past experiences in a vast range of fields back to the Central Queensland community.
Constable Beck Chippendale, the smallest of the bunch, has returned to CQ for the first time in 10 years.
The 27-year-old grew up in Rockhampton and attended high school at Mount Morgan.
She left when she was 17 and lived all around Australia training to become a qualified chef and personal trainer.
“With personal training I enjoyed helping people to get to their goals,” Constable Chippendale said yesterday.
“I always wanted to be a police officer and now was the right time in my life.
“I don’t like the typical nine to five job.”
Constable Chippendale, who will be stationed in Yeppoon with Constable Clayton Callaghan, still has family in Rockhampton.
It’s the first time Yeppoon has hosted first-year police officers.
Constable Aydin Ozden must have drawn the short straw because he starts his first shift on Christmas day with a string of night work.
Constable Ozden, 31, comes from a Turkish background, speaking the language fluently, and a bit of Italian.
He said his cultural heritage would help him be more aware of different cultures and their values. Constable Ozden left behind an office job as a financial advisor for a bank to become a police officer.
“It’s a big change. I wanted to be more involved in the community,” he said.
Two officers have been stationed in Yeppoon, the other seven will be spread between North and South Rockhampton stations.