New police face sobering reality
Constable Lauren Gilliland following the ACT Policing Graduation at Australian Federal Police College in Barton. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
The death of NSW Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson weighed on the minds of some of Canberra's newest police as they were sworn into the force on Friday.
The alleged murder of the senior ranking officer in Sydney on Thursday was a stark reminder of the dangers faced by police, even during seemingly routine call-outs.
The 22 newcomers, who were sworn in at a ceremony in Barton on Friday afternoon, met on Thursday to talk through the death.
Probationary Constable Lauren Gilliland, 22, said she knew the dangers of the job before she signed up.
For her the positives of a career in policing far outweighed the negatives.
''We discussed it as a group and it was, of course, horrifying,'' Ms Gilliland said.
Ms Gilliland won the Commissioner's Award for Excellence in Recruit Training for best recruit, after a ''challenging'' 26 weeks at the Australian Federal Police College in Barton.
The death of Inspector Anderson was also spoken about in the speech by newcomer James Sutherland, 39, a former personal trainer, who told those attending the attestation ceremony it was a ''sobering'' reminder of the dangers faced by police.
Chief Police Officer Roman Quaedvlieg expressed his sadness over the death, and said every job police were called to was potentially dangerous.
''It's a sobering reminder that every day, multiple times a day, men and women of policing are actually facing serious risk of danger; it's real,'' Assistant Commissioner Quaedvlieg said.