Meet the region's newest police officers
PROBATIONARY constables Jessica Leech and Carmel Fettes have joined the ranks at the Kingaroy Police Station this week, after successfully completing six months of training at the Queensland Police Service Academy.
The pair said they were excited to be posted to the South Burnett.
"I'd be keen to get involved in a sporting team and the Kingaroy Young Professionals and get to know other people in the community," Const Leech said.
"I think that's important."
The new officers had only been on the job for three hours, but already had a feel for our close-knit community after chatting with kids at the Under 8's Day in the Park on Wednesday.
"This is a good way to start, its nice to get to know the community," Const Leech said.
"Everyone is very nice, very knowledgeable," Const Fettes said.
Originally from Warwick, Constable Leech was happy to be back in a country town after the training in Brisbane.
She said being a good police officer meant being ethical and putting the needs of the town first.
"Being honest, having integrity, courage and being empathetic to the community," she said.
"Having a good understanding of the town and how everyone works together."
She said it was important to remember to be a human, not a robot.
"We are only a police officer for eight hours a day, the rest of the time we are just like everyone else," Const Leech said.
Former Brisbane girl Constable Fetch, said she didn't have many concerns about the job, but she was wary of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Const Leech was confident the training they had completed had put them in a strong position, no matter the situation they were faced with.
"We are trained for a lot of different scenarios and different things," she said.
"We are taught the basics of how to approach the majority of situations."
The new, passionate police officers offered some sound advice for anyone thinking of joining the boys and girls in blue.
"If you want to be a police officer, be persistent and understand it takes hard work and dedication, just like everything else in life," Const Leech said.
"Go for it. It's a lot of hard work but if your'e willing to put in the effort, you'll get there," Const Fettes said.