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Gatton constable takes first post in her stride

First-year Constable Steph Burrell at the Gatton Police Station. Photo Amy Lyne / Gatton Star
First-year Constable Steph Burrell at the Gatton Police Station. Photo Amy Lyne / Gatton Star Amy Lyne

YOU do not want to try and run from one of Gatton's newest officers.

When first-year constable Steph Burrell, 21, is not keeping the community safe she is competing in ultra-marathons, which are anything over 42km, and is keen for a foot chase.

The officer came to Gatton fresh from the Police Academy in February after completing a Bachelor of Justice at the Queensland University of Technology.

"I originally joined for the dog squad because I was working for the RSPCA at the time and I was coaching cross country so it just seemed like the way to go," she said.

Although, since coming to Gatton from growing up in Brisbane, she said she has seen so many different areas that she is happy to just see where the job takes her.

"That's what is great about coming out here," she said.

"You get to see the hundreds of disciplines you can go into."

Her first two days at the Gatton station were drug raid days and by her second week she was part of the first police crew on the scene at a fiery plane crash, which claimed the life of its pilot in Gatton.

"You can never be prepared for what you are going to encounter on the job, I think the academy cannot prepare us for that," Const Burrell said.

"It is going to be different once you are out on the road."

Const Burrell said the best thing about starting her career in Gatton was the people she got to work with.

"There are so many great officers here and that is what really makes you see all the different specialist units," she said.

"I am just trying to take it all in. There is so much to take in and every day you learn something new."

Topics:  first year constable, gatton police, queensland police service


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