The most recent graduates of the Police Academy’s community constable program are Nellie Hirschausen and Swayne Ackland, who now take up their positions at Port Lincoln.
Community Constable Swayne Ackland’s graduation comes after his successful participation in SAPOL’s Indigenous Pre-employment Program, which was recommended to him by a police officer.
Community Constable Ackland, from Ascot Park, visited Port Lincoln during his training to meet local police and Aboriginal elders and decided to apply for a position there.
This is a return to policing for Community Constable Hirschausen, who previously worked as a community constable between 2001 and 2005 in Port Lincoln and Ceduna. The mother-of-two decided to apply to re-join South Australia Police when she became aware of a vacancy for a community constable at Port Lincoln.
She successfully secured a position, leaving her job as Senior Client Support Worker with the Family Violence Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation at Port Lincoln to do so.
Both community constables undertook a three month training phase at the Police Academy, Taperoo, where they were trained within a general recruit training course to prepare them for their role supporting and assisting general duties officers.
At their graduation ceremony yesterday Thursday, 30 January, the community constables were presented with Certificates of Achievement and their Warrant Cards.
Sapol congratulates and welcomes Nellie and Swayne!