Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Cricket star trades bat for baton

Australian women’s cricket stalwart and star batter, Beth Mooney, has had a taste of life after cricket thanks to an initiative by the Australian Cricketer’s Association (ACA) in conjunction with the Queensland Police Service.

Beth swapped the green and gold for ink navy as she joined the Police Service for five days of recruit training as part of the ACA Work Experience program.

On Beth’s first day on the job, she commenced her duties at the Queensland Police Academy at Oxley and the Bob Atkinson Organisational Capability Centre at Wacol where she toured the state-of-the-art facilities, before hitting her straps and being put through her paces at the obstacle course.

Over the next two days, Beth got to experience tactical first aid, which is used by frontline police who are often first on scene to traumatic incidents and injuries, and operational duties such as arresting an offender and patrolling with a general duties crew and local detectives in the Dutton Park Police Division.

Beth is well known for her love of dogs, and after two days with the highly trained Queensland Police Service Dog Squad, she saw first-hand how intelligent dogs truly are and what a crucial role they play in the Queensland Police Service.

Beth Mooney plays a shot during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final match between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town in February.

“Beth was great, she’s showed she’s a team player. She showed her professionalism and willingness to learn to serve the Queensland community but also that she’s willing to get her hands dirty and also take on the challenge of being a police officer,” said Acting Superintendent, Renee Kurtz.

“I think Queensland Police can offer absolutely anyone a job for what they want to do and what they’re passionate about. So it’s just about finding that within yourself and being able to work with what you can do and work with the people that can offer that,” Beth said at the end of her work experience.

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