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Caitlin Edgar

from Medical Imaging Assistant to Frontline Police Officer
The uniform the community calls upon in times of need
Industry
Defence and Public Safety
Company
Queensland Police Service
Job Level
Mid
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  • How I bounced back from rejection
  • Navigating a male dominated work place
  • What I wish I knew before becoming a police officer

About me

My dad has been a Police Officer since I was 8 years old and I was always inspired by his service to the community. Throughout high school, I knew I wanted to do something that was exciting and challenging, so being a Police Officer just seemed right for me.

When I left school, I didn’t feel ready to take on the challenge of applying, so I spent a few years working in Medical Imaging, until I simply couldn’t shake the idea of being a Police Officer any longer. When I was 19 years old, I applied for the Queensland Police Service for the first time. The process was quite involved, so I decided not to tell my parents, as I wanted to show my dad and everyone else that I could do it on my own. After a few months, my application was rejected. This turned out to be the best thing to ever happen to me, as it taught me resilience and affirmed to me that this was what I wanted to do.

I spent the next 12 months volunteering for my community through the State Emergency Service (SES). And as soon as I was eligible, I reapplied and was accepted! Attending the Police Academy made it all worthwhile. Upon graduating, I was privileged to be awarded the Commissioner’s Award and Dux Award, showing myself just how much I am capable of, even in spite of setbacks. I now spend everyday, assisting the community and being the person people turn to in times of need. I cannot wait to see where the rest of my career takes me.

About my role

  • Analytical
  • Logical
  • Meticulous
  • Observant
  • Rational

A job where no two days are ever the same!

A typical day as a Frontline Police Officer can be exciting, unpredictable and challenging. An average shift could see an officer make an arrest, engage with and protect members of the community, and respond to sometimes scary and unfamiliar situations.

A Frontline Police Officer, is the person the community looks to for answers, support, and leadership. A Frontline Police Officer is the human behind the uniform, who wants to do that little bit extra to make the community feel safe, to brighten people’s day, and to make the bad things feel a little easier to deal with. Being a Police Officer means learning, growing and being challenged everyday. It involves lots of new experiences, a fair bit of paperwork, but mostly a lot of fun.

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Education

  • High School Certificate
  • Community Service (SES)

Subjects

  • Biology
  • English
  • Health and Human Development
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematical Methods (Maths B)
  • Physical Education
  • Science

Awards

  • Commissioner’s Award
  • Dux Award

Hobbies

  • Beach adventures
  • Gym
  • Reading
  • Running
  • Seeing family and friends

Pets

  • 2 Dog

15 year old me!!

“You don't have to be big and strong. Being kind and confident are strengths too. ”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Graduated high school
  2. Started working in Medical Imaging
  3. Applied for QPS - Got knocked back
  4. Gave it another go!
  5. Became a Police Officer

My employer

Every day the Queensland Police Service works tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of the community. The Service employs more than 15,000 Queenslanders and values diversity within its workforce to provide the best policing services to people who live, work and visit the State. As part of the Queensland Government, we are committed to building a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve.