Qld poaches recruits
QUEENSLAND Police officers hit Lismore yesterday seeking new recruits south of the border and were thrilled at the turnout.
About 100 people ranging in age from 18 to 50 turned up for the information session at the Lismore Workers Club – about twice as many as were expected.
A delighted Senior Constable Adrienne Harries said Queensland Police had no problems poaching recruits from NSW.
“If they fit the criteria, we’re happy to take them from any- where. We even take them from New Zealand,” she said with a laugh. “Seriously though, this response if fabulous.”
Placement numbers in Queensland have doubled in the past 12 months and 3000 recruits are needed over the next five years.
“Today we take them through the process of what criteria they have to meet to become a police officer, how to put in an application and what happens after you get an offer from the police academy,” Snr Const Harries said.
“Education is the main criterion. You have to have a diploma at least, you have to have good health, good integrity obviously and no criminal or traffichistory.”
Snr Const Harries said modern policing was proactive policing geared towards prevention, so they were looking for people with a wide range of life ex-periences.
“As a police officer you need good people skills and leadership qualities,” she said.
“We recruit up to 55 years of age – we put a 50-year-old woman through our last intake.
“A lot of people want career changes in their 30s and 40s and this is a very stable career – the more the economy goes down the greater the need for police in the community.”