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Michele White

from studying languages to Sergeant - Senior Intelligence Officer
I analyse crime so that police officers and resources are used at the right time and right place to stop crime and make the community secure and safe.
Defence and Public Safety
Queensland Police Service
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  • Finding my passion later in life
  • How 'intelligence' is gathered
  • The many career pathways in the Queensland Police Service

About me

  • International Experience
  • Regional Background

My role as a police officer with the Queensland Police Service provides me the opportunity to serve and protect my community.

I decided to join the police ‘late in life’ after I had been thinking about doing it for ages. It just goes to show you are never too old to find out what you love doing and to pursue your dreams. I completed my police recruit course and started working as a general duties police officer, which is the type of police officer the community will see on a day-to-day basis.

I then progressed into a specialisation and am now a Senior Intelligence Officer. Intelligence is fun because I get paid to be a nosey nerd.

About my role

  • Confident
  • Curious
  • Decisive
  • Observant
  • Sociable

The role of a police officer is to protect and serve the community in all parts of the state of Queensland. This profession is not for the light-hearted as it is fast paced, challenging, but also extremely rewarding. There are many career pathways within the Queensland Police Service and some of these pathways include specialist roles. One of these specialist roles is the role of an intelligence officer.

The role of an intelligence officer is to gather data and information and analyse it to develop a picture or understanding of a person or issue. The information gathered is referred to as ‘intelligence’.

An intelligence officer must have good communication skills, possess problem-solving, analytical reasoning, and critical thinking skills, and excellent situational awareness.

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  • Bachelor of Policing
  • Advanced Diploma of Police Intelligence
  • Master of Justice (Intelligence)


  • General Mathematics (Maths A)
  • Languages
  • Science in Practice


  • Golden Key Award for Master of Justice studies
  • Operational Skills Award for Recruit Course Intake 9/2013
  • Dux for Squad 33, Recruit Course Intake 9/2013


  • Bike riding
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Travel


  • 1 Dog

15 year old me!!

“You don’t have to know what you want to be when you grow up. You can change your mind, just love what you are doing. Travel, live and laugh.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Completed high school and attended university
  2. Joined the Army Reserves
  3. Travelled, lived, and worked overseas
  4. Worked in the university sector
  5. Changed careers and joined the police

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.