Meet Senior Sergeant Mollie Davies. She has been a police officer for 28 years spending 18 ½ years in the UK prior to transferring to the WA Police Force.
“Being a police officer was a childhood dream of mine, having both my dad and uncle serve with Thames Valley Police. Listening to their stories made it sound so exciting. I joined at the ripe old age of 19, very naive and absolutely no idea how my journey would unfold. My dad was upset as he had tried everything to stop me from applying saying “it’s not a job for a girl!”
She left home for the first time ever and experienced training school at an old Navy base in the bleak cold of the English spring. “It was an eye opening start for what I consider to be the best decision I made. I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed every aspect and role I have done throughout my career. I have many happy memories, met so many good people along the way.”
An opportunity arose to come to the WA Police Force through an International recruitment drive and Mollie jumped at the chance, after having a conversation with her dad. “I wanted to give my twin boys the chance of a bright future and open their horizons to a new way of life. I haven’t looked back since coming here in November 2007.”
Mollie has been frontline since she came to WA, working in both South East Metro and South Metro Districts. She spent some time in traffic, response at Canning Vale and as a detective at Kensington and Armadale prior to being promoted to Sergeant. She spent time at Murdoch as a team Sergeant, transitioning into the Metropolitan Police Operating Model before being promoted to her current role as Officer-In-Charge for Southern Regional Operations Group.
“I now find myself responsible for leading and inspiring 49 officers whose role includes public disorder and protests. Not bad for a chick who hated the shield run and having petrol bombs thrown at me as a teenager. As a female transitional officer coming into a strong dominant male unit has certainly challenged me in terms of my own leadership style and influence. I’ve dealt with a number of HR issues, I believe with empathy and understanding and now see my unit as a very sound, productive, professional sought after place to work and I’m proud to be my teams Officer-In-Charge.”
Being a leader to me is about inspiring and encouraging others to achieve their goals as well as influence changes if appropriate. As an individual I’m rewarded and get satisfaction seeing others go on their journey and achieve what they want in both their work life and personal life.
"Being female shouldn't be seen as a barrier as everyone has their own unique skill set and offers different qualities. My advice to junior officers would be to reflect on who you are as a person and what you want to gain from the experience of being a police officer. At the end of the day your career is in your hands and you direct where it takes you."
"I am now the other side of the world from where I started my policing career, my dad and uncle are very proud of me and what I have achieved. I’m still passionate about my job and look back on my journey with pride. I have made some lifelong friends along the way, many happy memories and look forward to a future that will hopefully fulfil the same experiences I've had so far."
Senior Sergeant Mollie Davies is now Officer-In-Charge of the Southern Regional Operations Group.