News

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


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Woman charged for stealing charity money for personal gain

Wood and brass judges gavel on a law book

Woman charged for stealing funds from charity organisation.

'People should lock their dogs up so this does not happen'

GUTTED: Patrick Estate's Max Marti is calling for dog owners to lock up their animals at night.

After losing to sheep to suspected stray dogs, Max has a message.

Battle of the buns to raise funds

BUN BATTLE: The Fernvale Bakery aim to raise $20,000 for the Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital by donating $1 from every pack of hot cross buns sold. Pictured here are Lyn and Bill Rose, with ex-employee Gail McDonald volunteering with River 94.9 for the cause.

The Old Fernvale Bakery's Easter Appeal.

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!