Parkes, Orang's new police officers' first day on the job

FRESH FACES: Probationary Constables Rebecca Lee and Mick Whiting outside Orange Police Station on their first day on the job. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH
FRESH FACES: Probationary Constables Rebecca Lee and Mick Whiting outside Orange Police Station on their first day on the job. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH

Fresh-faced and ready to hit the ground running, new Central West Police District probationary constables Rebecca Lee and Mick Whiting are keen to hit the streets of Parkes and Orange.

The two new officers had their first days on December 16, but they're familiar with their surroundings already, with both born and bred in the Central West.

Constable Lee is from Bathurst while Constable Whiting is from Orange, with the pair to be based in Orange and Parkes respectively after graduating from their class on December 13 in Goulburn.

Superintendent Chris Taylor said he was pleased to announce the two new constables joining the Central West Police District.

"We've got two young constables who know what it's like to live in regional NSW and that will help them adapt quicker," he said.

Superintendent Taylor said it was a boon to the district to have officers from nearby communities.

"It's vitally important because sometimes we have difficulty recruiting to regional areas of NSW," he said.

"As new officers finish training, we'll be looking at young constables to move out west and realise how good it is.

"I'm sure we'll see a lot of them over the next few years."

Coonstable Lee said while fronting the media wasn't something she expected on her first day, she was excited to get stuck in.

"There's a lot to learn on the first day but I hope I'm doing well," she said.

"It's brilliant [to be in Orange], family is nearby and I have a lot of support networks and people I know."

She didn't have her sights set on any particular specialisation, but did know there was one area she wouldn't be working in.

"I'm still trying to figure out, there are so many opportunities in the police force but I won't be going to the dog squad because I'm allergic to their fur."

Constable Whiting said he was "very, very happy" to end up in Parkes.

"Being from the Central West I was very happy to come back here," he said.

"Orange and Parkes are the main stations so to get either of those I was chuffed so going to Parkes could not be happier.

"I think three years in general duties will get me a good feel for what's available and what's out there.

"I think there are 200 available roles in the police force so it is a lot of different jobs and I want to dabble in everything before I decide where I want to go."