Thursday, February 23, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

17 First Year Constables Join Mackay’s Blue Family

The making of a great police officer is no easy feat, as it requires perseverance and resilience to overcome adversities and uphold one's personal values. The Mackay Whitsunday District recently welcomed 17 First Year Constables (FYCs) who are embarking on a journey towards a fulfilling career with the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

The FYCs' induction ceremony included insightful speeches from Acting City Patrol Inspector, Jeremy Novosel, and Detective Inspector Emma Novosel, who offered their guidance and imparted words of wisdom. The new recruits also had the opportunity to engage in a conversation with MP Julieanne Gilbert, Member for Mackay, before taking part in media interviews.

The QPS recently inducted 89 new recruits who completed six months of intensive training at the Oxley QPS Academy. During their training, the graduates undertook specialized courses in domestic violence, risk and trauma management, and cultural complexities to prepare them for the challenges they will face as first-year constables. The graduates will now participate in the First Year Constable training program, where they will further develop their skills under the guidance of experienced officers.

Acting Police Minister Mark Furner expressed his congratulations to the graduates, emphasising the significance of soaking up every moment of the experience, learning from others, and immersing oneself in the community.

Commissioner Katarina Carroll welcomed the new recruits to the Queensland Police Service, remarking on the immense responsibility and rewarding nature of being a police officer.

“This is an extremely special occasion for you and your families, one that you will never forget. I'm excited to be able to share this day with you.” she said.

The ceremony marked the first day of the graduates' journey into a noble profession that involves facing many challenges and experiencing hardships. However, it also brings immense satisfaction and lasting relationships with the people they serve. The inductees are now part of a larger blue family that shares a common goal of protecting and serving the community.

First year Constables photographed with Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert

FYC’s were given some career advice by two Inspectors who have served in Mackay for more than 20 years

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