First female officer joins Miles Station
CONSTABLE Linette Swales is breaking new ground as the first female officer to work at Miles Police Station.
Constable Swales started at the station on Wednesday after coming from Ipswich, saying her affection for Miles was sparked years ago.
"We actually came through a couple of years ago and we fell in love with the town and then I saw it (the job) was advertised in January so I applied for it," she said.
"(It) had a really friendly, welcoming feel about it, very community feel."
Already out and about and meeting the residents, Constable Swales said she's excited for her new adventure.
"First ever female officer here, it's very exciting, breaking new ground," she said.
"I'm excited to see what the adventure here brings."
For Miles Police Station's Senior Constable Rod Quinn, having Constable Swales join the team is a big step forward.
"(We're) excited to have a new officer, the female thing's a bonus, we're now running at full strength, which is good, we've been running in a deficit for a little while now and hopefully now with Linette out here it's going to be stable," he said.
"Traditionally girls don't come west, especially by choice, so it's really good, it's brilliant we've got one that has."
As for Constable Swales, she said the community has already shown their hospitality.
"So far everybody in the town's been really welcoming for having a female officer, everyone's been excited about it.
"I guess as a female if we see something, as anybody, if that's what you want to do, chase your dreams and go for it. I didn't apply to come here to be the first female, I applied to come here because this is where I wanted to be."