SABRINA Ballerini proves it is never too late to follow your dream.
The 36-year-old mother-of-two wanted to join her husband in policing nearly 20 years ago but decided she should finish her university accounting degree.
She had a successful career, including working as chief financial officer at a prominent Perth business, but continued to harbour a nagging desire to join the WA Police Force.
“I always wanted to do policing, I always had a big interest in how my husband’s day at work had gone,” she said.
After several years of encouragement from her husband, a depleted enjoyment in her accounting job and her daughters reaching a more self-sufficient age, she applied to the Force in February 2016.
Constable Ballerini recently finished her probation period at Scarborough Police and will be at the station for at least two years.
“I feel like I can make an impact and help somebody at that time,” she said.
“Each day is a different day, you don’t know what you’re going to get.”
In a frightening incident last year, Constable Ballerini’s police vehicle was rammed six times by a suspect. But the potential physical dangers of the job did not worry her and she said she used “her words and mouth a bit more” to offset her smaller stature.
She is currently one of 20 women of Scarborough Police’s 50-member staff and encouraged other females to join the field if they were passionate.
Constable Ballerini’s 12-year-old daughter is already following in her parents’ footsteps, joining the Police Rangers’ cadet program.
“You’ve got a lot of ill-respect and disrespect to ‘blue’,” she said.
“In some cases being a woman helps and in some cases it doesn’t.
“You’ve just got to be confident in yourself and not let thinking being a female (is) a disadvantage.”
Constable Ballerini is loving her career change and enjoying swapping work stories and advice with her husband, a Wanneroo Police sergeant.
“It’s never too late,” she said. “I’m just enjoying every day as it comes at the moment.”
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