THEY deal with offenders coming down from drugs and often work in challenging situations, but for the growing number of police custody officers at Ballarat station – the career choice is extremely rewarding.
Since the beginning of 2016, police custody officers have been allowing police to go back on the beat, by completing essential administrative tasks.
This year a PCO supervisor will be introduced to Ballarat to free up of the custody sergeant. Senior Sergeant Stacey Glenister said the recruitment process had begun and the best candidate would be hired and locally trained.
Police custody officer Tony Green, who had previously been a Victoria Police member, said the job was challenging and rewarding.
“This was an opportunity to come back to Victoria Police to provide a service and structure,” Mr Green said.
“It’s certainly challenging at times but it is absolutely rewarding.”
Fellow custody officer Corey Fisher previously worked in construction.
“Everyday there is something different,” Mr Fisher said.