VIDEO: Afghanistan stint preps new cop for walking the beat
WHEN Isaac Collihole was told he needed more life experience to become a police officer, the young constable took that suggestion to the extreme.
Instead of more study or getting a regular job, Const Collihole enlisted in the army, spending six years and two tours of Afghanistan with the combat engineer corps.
Now after years in combat, Const Collihole on Monday traded khaki for blue as a first-year-constable in the Queensland Police Service.
The former combat engineer was one of five new constables to start their first day as sworn officers on the Fraser Coast.
Const Collihole, 23, said he had always wanted to be a police officer.
"I just needed a bit more of a challenge," he said.
"Previously I had been told I needed to get more life experience."
Among his new colleagues is 24-year-old Josh Kratzmann, a former personal trainer who grew up in Hervey Bay.
"It was just something I always wanted to do when I was little," he said.
The former PT will be based in Maryborough.
The first day in blue started easy for the five new constables who spent the day in an orientation session with Maryborough Police Sergeant Martin Slack.
"We monitor them for 12 months to ascertain if they come up to scratch," Sgt Slack said.
The first days also help reinforce what the first year constables have learnt at their six months training at the QPS Academy in Oxley.
He said the constables would be under the daily supervision of experienced officers and undergo monthly reviews to check their progress.
At the end of the 12 months, the new officers get the go ahead as to whether they have passed their training period.
Sgt Slack said once the 12 months were up, the first year constables could be sent to any police station across the state, largely depending on where officers are needed at the time.