GIRL POWER: Mackay police welcome all female intake
SIX new recruits have been welcomed into the Mackay region police force and they're making history as the first all female intake in the district.
Constables Jess Neil, Holly Williams, Lauren Morgan, Adrienne Oliver, Jax Martin and Tegan Jones were welcomed into the ranks on Thursday and said they are looking forward to a promising career ahead in the force.
Const Williams said it was great to see females leading the way in Mackay and hoped other women would be encouraged to follow a similar path.
"It's great to see all the girls up here showing what they can do,” she said.
"I think it's great for girls everywhere to have aspirations and know they can do this job well too.
"It's a great career choice and I'm really happy to be up here, it's all very exciting.”
Superintendent Bruce McNab said the intake was another step forward for the Mackay district and police force as a whole.
"The Queensland Police Service is focusing on making sure we have a more representative workforce with 50% of our community being female,” he said.
"I can't recall another intake of first years where 100% of them were made up of females.
"I think it's a fantastic accomplishment, it's also important to recognise that these recruits were not picked based on their gender but because they were the best possible fit for the role.”
Supt McNab said the police force had come a long way in his 28 years of service, with only four female recruits brought in during his own intake.
"That was of about 50 recruits, only four females, so look at us now,” he said.
"I think it indicates that people are more confident to secure jobs in the force and that we've recognised the importance of reflecting the community we serve.”
Const Morgan said she had been dreaming of a job in the force for many years and couldn't wait to take on "the biggest experience” of her life.
"I think some people will be a bit shocked to see so many females out on the streets in uniform, but we're just as a good a fit,” she said.
"Anyone aspiring to go into this kind of work, I say just go for it. I've wanted to do this for years and right now I've never been happier.
"After finishing up at the Academy I've never looked back.”
The six recruits will be split between four different locations including Mackay, Sarina, the Whitsundays and Bowen.