POLICE SUPPORT: Administration Clerk 5 Michelle Walsh (right) and administration clerk grade 1 Rebecca Field at the Lismore Police Station.
POLICE SUPPORT: Administration Clerk 5 Michelle Walsh (right) and administration clerk grade 1 Rebecca Field at the Lismore Police Station. Marc Stapelberg

Police administration officers - the force behind the force

POLICING is more than just catching criminals and locking them up.

Female police, like the Richmond Local Area Command's Michelle Walsh and Rebecca Field, perform a variety of roles essential to daily policing.

From rostering, to booking flights and analysing intelligence, the administration tasks of a Local Area Command can be daunting.

"I've always studied business and I worked in an accounting firm before I joined the police," 32-year-old Ms Walsh said.

Starting off as a general administration officer, Ms Walsh has climbed the ladder in her eight years with NSW police.

"I relieved as executive officer and intel analyst and then I was promoted to roster officer," she said.

Despite not being in uniform and working behind the scenes, Ms Walsh said she had worked at some interesting events.

"I have also worked at the annual Bathurst 1000 race and the G20 summit in Brisbane doing admin," she said.

The path to the police force was much different for Ms Field, 29.

"I worked in retail for about nine years after school and then studied to get into administration," she said.

"I was with Corrective Services then I applied to join the NSW police.

"I have only been here for nine months and I've done rostering and been a general administration support officer.

"There are plenty of opportunities for women in the NSW police force."

Rostering 220 officers across the Richmond LAC is a balancing act between work and life, Ms Walsh said.

"Because it's such a dynamic environment our shifts change and I have to manage officer's fatigue and work-life balance," she said.

Prioritising daily tasks is a constant challenge for Ms Field.

"There are always several things on the go," she said.

Both women said they enjoy working in a big team environment to get the job done.



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