Gatton police ready to head west

GOING WEST: Constable Ethan Bailey and Constable Eloise Down have completed their first year in Gatton, and will head to stations out west for the next three years.
GOING WEST: Constable Ethan Bailey and Constable Eloise Down have completed their first year in Gatton, and will head to stations out west for the next three years. Amy Lyne

TWO of Gatton's police constables are about to face a new challenge - life out west.

Having completed their year as first-year constables, Constable Ethan Bailey and Constable Eloise Down will soon start at their new stations.

Const Bailey has been sent to Winton and Const Down will head to Longreach, both for the next three years.

Const Down said she had been lucky to be in Gatton for the past year.

"It has been an incredible experience to work with such kind, loving people," she said.

"Raid days are probably my favourite work activity.

"I haven't had that many negative experiences.

"You kind of get used to things like driving fast and handcuffing people. It becomes part of your work day."

She said she had been able to look up to many officers at the station, including Sergeant Tony Harm.

"If I can be half the officer Sgt Harm is, I know I'll have done the QPS proud," she said.

Const Bailey agreed that working with the officers in Gatton was a highlight, as was protecting the community and helping out with Blue Light discos, McHappy Day and the Drink Rite program.

"The best thing about Gatton has been the variety of work you do. It is a bit of everything," he said.

Const Bailey said working in a small town like Winton, with only three other officers, would be a good experience.

"I will be working by myself, so what I have learnt here I can apply out there," he said.

Both constables will start at their new stations in the next two weeks.

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