Police Minister Mark Ryan MP joined Commissioner Katarina Carroll at this week’s ‘Cop for a Day’ event to swear in the Queensland Police Service’s (QPS) newest recruit, five-year-old Hamish.
Alongside his family and kindergarten classmates, Hamish’s dreams of becoming a police officer were realised, as he was sworn in and issued with his own police identification and certificate.
Arriving by Police Vessel Casey Blain, Hamish was given a glimpse into life as an officer as he was piped in by Police Pipes and Drums, enjoyed a ride on the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and met his new colleagues in the Dog Squad, PolAir, Highway Patrol and Mounted Unit.
Hamish suffers from dyskeratosis congentia, a telomere biology disorder which causes multiple issues like bone marrow failure and liver failure.
Recently, he spoke with Senior Constable Cameron Clancy of Burpengary Police about his love of policing and wrote a letter to Commissioner Carroll, seeking permission to be appointed as a member of the QPS.
In preparation for the day, an official acceptance letter and police uniform were delivered to Hamish.
“Hamish has demonstrated extraordinary bravery already in his young life and I have no doubt the service would benefit from him joining,” said Commissioner Katarina Carroll, who performed the swearing in of Hamish.
“This bravery is a quality seen in our frontline police everyday and our organisation is made stronger with Hamish’s appointment.
“The QPS is grateful to be here and be part of fulfilling his dreams of becoming an officer.”
Minister Ryan said it was an honour to be part of Hamish’s day.
“I am truly honoured to be part of young Hamish’s celebration today,” he said.
“Hamish, you have all the ingredients of a great officer; a passion to help others and courage!
“I hope that you enjoyed your day today and am sure that you will have some very exciting things to take to your next Show and Tell at kindy!”