Cadets enjoy life on beat

Police cadets Nikki Amphlett and Akash Verma at Kensington Police Station. Picture: David Baylis        d436077
Police cadets Nikki Amphlett and Akash Verma at Kensington Police Station. Picture: David Baylis        d436077

�I�ve always really wanted to be a cop and when my brother came home and said he was a police officer that really sealed the deal,� Ms Amphlett said.

She is one of two police cadets stationed at Kensington Police Station.

The cadets undergo a two-year placement as part of their training.

Both cadets are in the first year of their placement and move to different stations every four or five months. Ms Amphlett�s fellow police cadet at Kensington, 18-year-old Akash Verma, said it was his second posting after spending time at the busy Cannington Police Station and he was relishing his new-found career.

�My dad has always been interested in police work and he has friends who are police officers, so I decided to apply as I wanted a job with new challenges every day,� Mr Verma said.

Both cadets said no two days in the job were the same and they both looked forward to coming to work. �In the morning we are typically attending front counter duties, filing reports and then in the afternoon we go out on the road with two constables,� Ms Amphlett said.

�We are there as observers as part of our training and we are taught skills such as how to read a situation and we rely on the experience of some of the more senior officers.

�One thing we have learned is that you have to be very patient and stay in control.�

For details about a career in the WA Police, visit http:// www.stepforward.wa.gov.au.