Gladstone's 3 new cops prefer taser over pepper spray

ALL three new police recruits to Gladstone and Tannum Sands police stations agreed they would rather be tasered then sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray.

After six months of training at the police academy in Brisbane, which included being tasered, Oliver Hodges, Sam Engel and Sarah Box are looking forward to completing their first week on the job.

Although the three recruits will be in training for their first 12 months, they will be learning the tricks of trade on the job.

Constable Hodges, 22, comes from New South Wales and sadly for him he said he will continue to support the Blues and his struggling hometown team, the Newcastle Knights.

"I studied policing and crime at university…and have always wanted to be in the cops," he said.

NEW COPS ON THE BEAT: Oliver Hodges, Sarah Box and Sam Enge are fresh out of the academy and have joined Gladstone and Tannum Sands police stations. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
NEW COPS ON THE BEAT: Oliver Hodges, Sarah Box and Sam Enge are fresh out of the academy and have joined Gladstone and Tannum Sands police stations. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

Coming from a family who are heavily involved with the armed forces, Cst. Hodges wanted to follow in their footsteps and serve the public.

Cst. Sam Engel, who comes from Bundaberg and actually did not mind being tasered, spent nine years working in retail before she made the switch.

"I think I'll like the challenge of the job and I like that you can change and move around," she said.

Cst. Engel likes to fishing in her time off and said the biggest fish she caught was too big to take a photo of, she joked.

After four years working in the education department new recruit Cst. Sarah Box said she was looking forward to a career that means something.

"I've never wanted to work in an office..and I wanted something different," she said.

NEW COPS ON THE BEAT: Oliver Hodges, Sarah Box and Sam Engel are fresh out of the academy and have joined Gladstone and Tannum Sands police stations. Inspector Darren Somerville and Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
NEW COPS ON THE BEAT: Oliver Hodges, Sarah Box and Sam Engel are fresh out of the academy and have joined Gladstone and Tannum Sands police stations. Inspector Darren Somerville and Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

All three recruits chose to come and work in Gladstone which Inspector Darren Somerville said was a great place to learn their craft.

The new recruits have eased into their first week which pales in comparison to when Insp. Somerville had his first day and had to deal with a dead body on his first shift.

But that was in 1985 and things have changed a lot since then Insp. Somerville said.

State MP for Galdstone Glenn Butcher said it was great to see new recruits who wanted to come to Gladstone.

"It's a good sign that Gladstone is a place where people want to come to work and live," he said.



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