Constables Jessie McBean and Shannon Thomas are both happy to have been posted in Warwick.
Constables Jessie McBean and Shannon Thomas are both happy to have been posted in Warwick. Erin Smith

Warwick first choice for women in blue

THERE are two new faces walking the Rose City beat and, with Constables Jessie McBean and Shannon Thomas listing Warwick as their first preference, they could not be happier with their new posting.

Fresh from the police academy both found their first three weeks on the job to be everything they expected and more.

For Const McBean, working in the police force is a dream come true.

"When I was in preschool the police came and visited us," she said.

"We got to sit on the motorbike and in the cars and ever since then when someone asked me what I wanted to do I said a police officer."

Growing up in Kingaroy, Const McBean hoped to be posted to a country town.

"Brisbane or the Gold Coast wouldn't have suited me; they are just too busy," she said.

"I had heard good things about Warwick and it was my first choice. I was stoked when I found out I got it."

Const Thomas had heard good things about Warwick.

"I wanted a rural posting so I could get back to country life," she said.

For Constable Thomas becoming a police officer is a way to help the community.

"I am a community orientated person and enjoy doing things for the community, and I couldn't think of a better job which would allow me to do that," she said.

"It is fantastic working here. It is the best group of people and a really warm and welcoming station."

In a strange twist, Constables McBean and Thomas went through the recruiting process and academy together but didn't realise they had both ticked Warwick as their top choice.

"We were at the academy at the same time and went through the recruitment process together," Const McBean said.

"I didn't know that Shannon had put Warwick as her preference and she didn't know I had put it as mine.

"I was pretty excited when I found out we were going to Warwick together.

"It was nice to be going with someone I knew."

Warwick police station office in charge Stewart Day said it was great to have two new police officers in the team.

"They are here on a 12-month training program and are under supervision," Senior Sergeant Day said.

"Warwick is a great training environment and any increase in the number of staff is excellent for us."

Staffing situations at the end of the 12 months will determine if the two recruits stay on at the station or are transferred.



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