Meet Senior Sergeant Jodie Pearson. She joined the WA Police Force as a Cadet 29 years ago. “I’ve always been somewhat of an adjudicator. When I was younger I loved playing board games with my brothers and sisters, however, I was more interested in whether the rules were being adhered to, rather than actually winning the game.”
After serving two years as a Cadet, she was accepted into the Police Force Academy as a Recruit. In 1997 she joined the Tactical Response Group (TRG) as an Operational Support Officer. It was in TRG where she had the opportunity to train as a Police Bomb Technician. The following year Senior Sergeant Pearson became the first female Bomb Technician Australia wide – an achievement she is immensely proud of.
“It was a role traditionally undertaken by cross trained TRG Tactical Operators. I highlighted the benefits in having me trained and was persistent. I was eventually given the opportunity. I took this with both hands and gave the role my all. Over the years this role provided me some fabulous opportunities. I am proud that I did not take the initial reluctance as gospel and continued to pursue my dream. I encourage others to do the same.”
“As a Bomb Technician, I was fortunate enough to be seconded as a Bomb Technician to NSW Police for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. I was at the opening ceremony thinking ‘I can’t believe this is my job!’ It was awesome.”
“In my 29 years with WA Police, I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed my career. I have had to have periods of self-reflection, and I have experienced some incredible highs. Your career, as life is, is a journey. Celebrate your success and learn from your mistakes. After all, that’s what life is all about.”
Senior Sergeant Pearson is now Officer-In-Charge of Gosnells Police Station.