Crooks beware, we have the best trainee sleuth in the state
A GLADSTONE detective has been recognised as the best trainee detective in the state, and she is pleased to call the Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch home.
Detective Senior Constable Vicki Schultz was recently presented with the Len Hooper Award at a ceremony in Brisbane.
The Hooper award recognised the high degree of knowledge, leadership skills, integrity, tenacity, dedication and professionalism Sen Const Schultz displayed while undertaking the detective training program.
For the detective, joining the police force was a given.
"It was something I'd always had an interest in," she said. "I joined the service in 2003."
It wasn't long before Sen Const Schultz decided to pursue a career as a plain clothes detective and she hasn't looked back.
Sen Const Schultz said she was honoured to be given the Len Hooper Award.
The award is presented to one officer annually.
"It was a huge honour and a surprise," she said. "I got to meet Len Hooper's family and that was very humbling."
Sen Const Schultz is passionate about her job.
From interviewing victims and suspects to gathering evidence, the work of a detective is challenging and at times dangerous.
"You need to be aware of the dangers, but not become consumed by it," she said.
"I love being a detective. No two days are the same."
Sen Const Schultz acknowledged her husband Andrew and colleagues at the Gladstone CIB for their support.
In order to become a detective, police officers must undertake years of investigation, training and study.
Officer in charge of the Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey, said he was not surprised when Sen Const Schultz received the award.
"She's very deserving and competent," Sen Sgt Peachey said.
"Her management skills and ability to follow through on tasks set her apart."
Sen Sgt Peachey cited Sen Const Schultz's work on a number of major criminal cases in the region.
"Her work on Ice Tresele, which was the murder of Shuxia Yuan at the Gladstone Village Motel in 2010, was exceptional," he said.
"She has a very promising career ahead."
Sen Sgt Peachey said detective work was not for everyone.
"It's an inner drive," he said.
"The only satisfaction you get is at the end of the day when you hear a cell door close."
About the award
The Len Hooper Award was created in honour of Detective Sergeant Len Hooper to recognise an outstanding detective training program graduate each year.
Detective Sergeant Len Hooper tragically died whilst executing a search warrant at Herston in 1997.
It recognises knowledge, leadership shills, integrity, tenacity, dedication and professionalism.