My life as a police officer by Constable Simmone Scott

I grew up…

In Geeveston, a little country town about 55 minutes south of Hobart

My first job…

Was working in a food van at Hastings Caves for our local takeaway shop

I left school…

In Year 12 in 1998

I knew I wanted to be a police officer…

Very much later on in life.  I actually wanted to be an Ambulance Officer first!

The night before I started my Academy training…

I was terrified I was about to bite off way more than I could chew and extremely anxious about stepping out of the primary carer role of my children.  I was also super excited!

On my first day as a police officer…

I felt so awkward and felt like everyone was constantly staring at me!! Lol! It was great fun.  There was a strange sense of freedom and greater responsibility after coming from the academy which was great and a bit scary!!

My service history so far…

Has been mainly serving in frontline policing for Hobart Uniform.  I have had a secondment to the Southern Drug Investigation Services and I have just recently moved to the Southern Family Violence Unit.

I currently…

Work at the Southern Family Violence Unit.

My typical day…

Consists of reviewing Family Violence Incidents, following up with victims of family violence and providing a range of services to support them, managing our assigned priority family violence perpetrators and day to day enquiries.

Where I see myself going…

I am happy where I am at the moment and still undecided about where I might like to go in the future!

A memorable moment in Tasmania Police…

Would have to be getting through the academy and graduating!!!

Funniest moment in the Tasmania Police Service…

Wow – there are so many!!  One that comes to mind is when I pulled a French tourist over and asked him to perform a breath test.  He exhaled his breath in a “Haaaaaaaaaa” sound about 20 cm away from the straw!!  To him the straw was not an obvious implement to blow in!  My partner and I just lost it!  Even the French tourist was laughing!!

My colleagues in the Tasmania Police Service…

Are awesome!  So many fun times and memories created together.  Most of them have the same sense of humour as me so a lot of laughs to be had!  Also great confidantes in grim times and there to back you up at all times.

Most difficult part of the job…

Attending fatal/serious crashes.

Best part of the job…

Potentially be responsible for making a difference in someone’s life or making life easier for them – even if it is minute.  Really listening to people and providing solutions for problems.  Our job is thankless so having positive interactions with the public is great!

Outside of being a police officer, I…

Am being mum to my three beautiful children!  I play netball socially, go to the gym and love spending time with my family and friends away from work.  Pretty ordinary really!

My family…

Is huge!  My family are very supportive of my career and I wouldn’t be here today without them!

Being a police officer has helped me…

Become more confident dealing with people on a day to day basis outside of work.  I also am very humbled and appreciative of my personal situation when I see at work just how tough some people are living.

Biggest success…

Being involved in charging a person with trafficking 750 ecstasy tablets into Tasmania.

I am inspired by…

My husband who encourages me and challenges me every day to just go for it!

An obstacle I’ve had to overcome…

Working full time shift work with three small children at home and a husband who works interstate every month for a period of up to 10 days at a time! Talk about a logistical nightmare!!

A virtue/quote to live by…

Don’t decide not to do something because you think you can’t.  Have a go at it first!  It doesn’t matter if you get it wrong – it’s all learning.  We are all learning every day!

The best advice I can give to a potential female recruit thinking they want to join…

Women bring such diversity to the job and we can just about do everything men can!  Go for it – it is the best job and you will never look back!