Gin Gin Police gets female officer
GIN GIN Police have ended a century-long pattern with their first-ever female officer joining the ranks.
Since opening in 1899, not one woman has worked as a police officer at the station, but Constable Leah Martin has arrived to turn things around.
The constable, fresh from her first year of training in Bundaberg, said she always knew she wanted to be a police officer.
“I decided I wanted to be an officer in about Year 6,” she said.
“I wanted to help the community.”
Const Martin said she had always admired those in the police force.
“I have always looked up to and respected them,” she said.
“Without police, where would society be?”
Originally from Hervey Bay, Const Martin said she was enjoying the transition into small-town life.
“Gin Gin is a really nice community,” she said.
“The officers here are great and it's a different policing style.”
The constable said she was glad the community had welcomed her with “warm, open arms”.
Officer-in-charge Sergeant Tim Marrinan said he was glad to have a woman on the team.
“It brings a different perspective to policing,” he said.
“Clients sometimes prefer to speak to a female officer.”
Const Martin was named as the North Coast Region Constable of the Year.
“That encompasses six districts,” Sgt Marrinan said.
He said a number of people applied for the position.
“She is fitting in very well and we are glad to have her here,” he said.
Const Martin said she had moved to Gin Gin and hopes to be there for at least three years.