WA Police Academy's newest graduates
Fifty six new police officers will be welcomed into the Western Australia Police Force by Commissioner Chris Dawson APM, and the Honourable Paul Papalia CSC MLA, Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues, at a graduation ceremony this evening.
The 47 men and 9 women from Gold and Blue Squads have just completed 28 weeks of rigorous training and are now set to confront the demands of policing, beginning with frontline COVID-19 operations with the Border and Quarantine and Compliance and Assurance teams.
Both Gold and Blue Squads are diverse in composition, with 17 graduates born overseas in countries such as Ireland, Canada, India, Brazil and Mexico, while the remaining officers were born in Australia. The graduates are aged 19 to 47 years, with an average age of 28 years. Nine emanate from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, and ten graduates can speak a second language.
The graduates also possess an assortment of employment backgrounds including an aircraft engineer, sales assistant, security guard, and occupations in the health, hospitality and mining sectors. Four have worked for WA Police Force in other roles, and 12 graduates have past military experience.
Within Gold Squad, Saxon Weber and Emily Bredemeyer were both looking for a job that provided more variety and challenges. Saxon previously worked in retail and applied several times before being accepted. He recognised the need to gain experience and joined the Army Reserves to improve his skills. Emily Bredemeyer worked in hospitality while studying a law and criminology degree and believes in policing you never stop learning. Emily’s great grandfather was also her inspiration to become a police officer, and together with Saxon they both look forward to accepting the diverse opportunities that policing in Western Australia has to offer.
Blue Squad graduate Hector Estrella, born in Mexico and served in the US Navy, before moving to Perth with his family. Hector joined the WA Police Force as he recognised the connection between the structure of his past experience working in military and the sense of duty of a police officer. He genuinely cares about people and most looks forward to being able to look after people in need.
In addition, the evening included a presentation of Certificate of Service for two officers who have served remarkable 48 year and 39 year careers with the WA Police Force, and were be ceremoniously marched off the parade ground.