A day in the life of a recruit

You could say I’m one of the “new kids” on the block. Heading into week four at the Tasmania Police academy, and what an experience! I was told that I would be joining a big family, and they were so right. Everyone on my course is just like an extended family. The course directors, and all the other staff, are very welcoming and supportive of each and every one of us.

I am one of the older recruits here (old enough to be the parent of some of the recruits!) but that doesn’t make a difference to how supportive we are of each other or our daily performance. We were all selected for our individual characteristics and strengths and come from all walks of life. We get along incredibly well and the support we have for each other is more than I could have expected.

Since I was five years old I have told everyone who would listen that I wanted to be a police officer. Upon finishing school, I worked for 19 years in administration, and prior to commencing with Tasmania Police, I worked in community housing for 8 years, which I loved. But policing was always in the back of my mind. It was two years ago that I realised while that I love my job, that I could do more to serve the community, which pushed me to apply.

For me it was the right time in my life to put myself first after supporting my husband with his career and with our children being at a wonderful age. I doubted myself when applying, as I had heard that it was really hard to get into Tasmania Police, but I didn’t let that get in the way. I gave it a go and here I am today, doing what I have always wanted to do. Reality still has not hit me that I am here, but I just know this is for me.

The mornings are no different for me as I am an early riser, we start with personal training sessions which are hard but it’s great to see the improvements in such a short time. We can do up to five classes in the classroom per day which has been daunting to begin with, as I hadn’t studied since I was in high school – and that was a long time ago!

There is a lot of information to take in, but the presenters of each course make it engaging. Hearing the presenters tell you real life scenarios from their own personal experiences also helps with learning. If you set aside time to study and master the art of note taking, you can do it. Don’t let the academic side of things put you off from applying, as everyone is here to help each other out.

Some people are wonderfully helpful with the academic side of things while others are more supportive with the physical aspects, but together we work as a team and help each other through it.

Don’t hold back, give it a go, you won’t regret your decision to join the best working family in the state.

Rachel Fellowes (Trainee Constable course 2/2020)