Fresh face on the force

A FRESH addition to the New England Local Area Command has provided a much-needed boost to police numbers at Armidale. The new recruit is Kate Ivey who recently commenced duties as a general duties officer. Kate was born and raised in the Guyra area and is the daughter of Peter and Cath Ivey of Wandsworth.
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As part of her role, the 25-year-old is expected to perform random breath tests, handle domestic violence incidents and respond to break and enters.

She said several factors influenced her decision to become a policewoman, particularly an interest in criminology.

Ms Ivey trained full-time at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn for eight months while also studying at Charles Sturt University.

She said the academy prepared her well for the difficult demands involved with police work.

“They gave me a lot of good advice and improved the skills that really needed to be focused on,” she said.

“The training really got me ready to operate on the street and left me feeling quite confident.

“If you had any problems with anything, they would go out of their way to rectify it.”

Having gone to school in Armidale, Ms Ivey said she relished the chance to return to the friendly community.

“Armidale’s got plenty of diverse people and they are all very accepting and welcoming, so I’m happy to be here,” she said.

Kate Ivey

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