A day in the life of a recruit

Ever since I was in college, I was intrigued about joining Tasmania Police. However, I also had an interest in attending university and studying the marine environment.  So, I ventured into university education and graduated from my Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment) degree in 2018. 

It wasn’t until I attended a Tasmania Police information session with my younger brother in 2019 where I learned more about a career in policing and the specialist roles available, that I knew this is what I want to do.  In the future, I hope to utilise the skills gained from my degree to work in the marine division of Tasmania Police.

I believe a police officer is someone who you look up to, a person who assists others in times of need and is there in the case of an emergency or dispute.  I wanted to be a part of an organisation who does just this and is heavily involved within the community, making others feel safe.  I applied and never looked back.

The recruitment process was challenging, but here I am writing this today as I finish week 4 at the academy.  The last 4 weeks have been demanding, but I have gained an immense amount of knowledge in this short time.

I remember my first night at the academy, I was so nervous and excited for my first day that I could barely sleep.  Our days consist of waking up early for Personal Training, engaging in a variety of lessons both in and outside of the classroom and then studying afterwards for upcoming exams or assignments.  I have had to push myself since day one, putting in 100 per cent effort and being willing to learn in all aspects of the course.

There are 22 of us completing the course, all with unique backgrounds and everyone is super supportive.  We help each other study, encourage each other in the gym, and funnily enough teach each other how to properly shine our boots.  Our course directors and instructors are also very knowledgeable and have a wealth of information under their belts.

COVID-19 has presented some difficulties at the academy, these being the constant social distancing in the classroom, dining room and in the accommodation building.  We have had to be mindful and lead by example not only at the academy, but also out in the public eye.  Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to have face-to-face lectures and have had to make the most of online platforms such as Zoom.  Despite these challenges in the midst of a global pandemic, they have presented opportunities for learning, and both personal and professional development.

I am excited for the 27 weeks ahead of me at the academy, learning more skills, growing as an individual and also as a team member of course 2/2020.

Trainee Constable Brittany Donoghue T29