Fairfield Champion: New police recruits achieve ‘dream’

Hayley Dean wanted a job that not only she would be proud of but her family would be proud of too. On Friday, that dream come true.

The 26-year-old is one of 10 new probationary constables that joined Fairfield City Police Area Command after being sworn in as part of Class 345 during the first attestation ceremony for 2021 at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn.ADVERTISING

Ravineil Deo, Fady Salam, Mitchell Flahey, Hayden Johnstone, Mate Kapitanovic, Bevan Keys, Lisa King, Trung Vu and Yu Liu also started life on the beat in Fairfield on Monday.

They will undertake a year of on-the-job training and complete the associate degree in policing practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.

“I have needed police help in times of need in the past and I remember how relieved I was when they turned up, I want to provided that feeling for someone else,” said Hayley, who previously worked as part of an airport ground crew.

“My first few days have been overwhelming, but the team at Fairfield have been so welcoming and put my nerves at ease.

“I am looking forward to seeing how far I can push myself within the job and where the job takes me.”

When asked how it felt to throw the cap in the air and graduate, she said: “It was a feeling like no other, I can’t explain the excitement, relief and overwhelming feeling of achievement. I was quite proud of how far I have come and how far I pushed myself to achieve a dream of mine.”

Mr Liu said it was a “great relief” to graduate.

“It felt like our hard work studying over the past eight months have paid off and happy that we are finally going to start our next chapter in life,” he said.

“Fairfield is a big station with lots of friendly and helpful people. I’m excited to get to know each of them and work together on the streets.”

The 21-year-old was a software consultant before joining the police ranks.

“The office job got a bit dull and repetitive,” he said.

“I want to challenge myself by entering a career where you deal with different situations every day and where you are excited to venture into the unknown each shift.

“It has been an exciting first few days. Jumped into the action on day one and looking forward to spending a long time here.”

Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott joined NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller to welcome the new recruits.

“Over the course of last year, we have seen first-hand the crucial role our police officers play in protecting the community and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their efforts,” Mr Elliott said.

“Their commitment and dedication to serve and protect the community will not go unnoticed.”

Mr Fuller said: “As our newest police officers start at their new commands, they can be assured that this is the start of a memorable and rewarding career in law enforcement.”

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