I’m proud as punch to reveal that Kathryn has finally graduated from the Victorian Police Academy on the 23rd of December. Voxers may remember her from my blog while Liz and I were travelling when she wrote under the handle of Spending the kids inheritance.
If ever anyone was cut out to serve in the Vic Police it would have to be Kathryn. Smart as a whip and a stickler for doing things correctly. Physically fit too and a good performer on fun runs.
Initially she would have graduated in July but the discovery of a hair line fracture of the shin caused a 6 month pause while the shin recovered. That 6 months was spent in “real world” police stations where she gained an insight into what she would be facing when fully trained. No uniform allowed until graduation and no trips out in the Divvy van too. Which enabled me to beat her to being the first to travel in a divvy van. (But that’s another story)
Next week she will be getting experience at point duty in Melbourne where the new Grads get to direct traffic in the city and then off to Corio for 10 weeks to experience a rougher area.
The graduation took me back to my Air force days especially when they trooped the colour, something I didn’t expect from a non-military service. It stirs the blood to see this sort of tradition especially when you think about it’s original purpose as a rallying point.
So the training is done and it’s off to the real world for Constable McCarthy. Good luck and I look forward to Corio becoming a place of security and harmony on your watch.
Simon Overland. You have gained yourself a skilled new officer.