Fresh Faces on the Beat, eight new police recruits boosting Far North Queensland’s safety. Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Hodgman was delighted to welcome the constables to the far north on Monday. The new constables will soon be stationed at Cairns and Edmonton Police Stations, where they will undergo orientation before beginning their shift work by the end of the week. The past seven days have been a whirlwind for the new constables, who only graduated last week before packing up their homes and families and making the move to the far north.
With most of the group recently graduating from the Brisbane Academy, Constable Montana Watson had an induction with a difference. Unfortunately, Constable Watson sustained a serious injury to her knee during recruit training. The injury required surgery and extensive rehabilitation, which sadly meant she could not graduate with her squad last December.
Following rehabilitation and light duties work at the Cairns Police Station, Constable Watson was given her very own solo induction at the Townsville Police Academy on May 26. The resilience and commitment shown by Constable Watson to complete her recruit training is nothing short of impressive and most certainly highlights the qualities we seek in our future police officers.
The new officers come with a diverse range of experience. Some of them have previously served in Protective Services, the Australian Defence Force, administration, and youth work.
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