Plenty to learn about policing on this Watch

Police auxiliary officers James Nolan and Jessica Raynor at Perth Watch House.
Police auxiliary officers James Nolan and Jessica Raynor at Perth Watch House.

Ms Raynor (19) became a custody support officer in April last year to prepare her for applying as a WA police recruit and said her job, ensuring the health and welfare of those in custody, was always changing.

‘You can’t really predict any situation. Sometimes you think you can and then one minute they’ll just flip and you’ve got a whole new situation,’ she said.

‘Sometimes it can be difficult being young though. People older than my parents come in and they don’t want to take instructions from somebody that’s 20, potentially 30 years younger than them.’

Fellow auxiliary officer James Nolan (31) joined the custody support team just before Christmas after years of putting off his dream to join the police service.

Mr Nolan said being an auxiliary was a good stepping-stone to prepare for applying for the WA Police but also a number of officers took on the job for the different shift work and lighter paperwork load.

‘It’s dealing with the people, learning how to talk to them,’ he said.

‘They can teach us so much in the police academy but once you get here and you actually meet them face to face, it’s a totally different experience.’

Ms Raynor said Friday and Saturday nights were no longer the busiest nights at the Watch House because Northbridge was well policed and people knew not to misbehave.

She said auxiliary officers often faced difficult situations but there was a strong sense of camaraderie among her colleagues.