SHE’S got the badges and the burly vest, but you won’t see Constable Brooke Papasidero reaching for her holster in her new role at Griffith Police.
Constable Papasidero, 25, was last week ordained as the region’s new police school liasion officer, a job that puts a premium on finesse over force.
The role, which has been vacant for a number of months, will see the constable work with students, teachers and parents in a pre-emptive strike against crime.
Among her many roles, Constable Papasidero will act as a role model for students and a trusted face for crime reporting, also conducting workshops on topics such as cyber crime and bullying and acting as a referral point for the PCYC and other youth agencies.
The Newcastle native, who has been an officer in the Griffith LAC for almost four years, said she was relishing the new challenge.
“I’m young myself so I feel like I’m in a good position to relate to teens and children,” she said.
“I want to be a role model to young people and a face they know and trust.
“I won’t be involved in arrests, I will be more someone that principals, teachers, parents and students can come to.
“I’m really excited about the challenge.”