THE right credentials and the ability to make it through seven months of intensive training is pretty much what it takes to join the ranks of Queensland Police Service.
Gympie's first police recruits for the year have brought with them diverse backgrounds and plenty of life experience.
Former soldier and Newcastle wharfie, Aaron Delphine, 25, and Noosa-based businessmen Matt Lenehan, 44, and Sean Baxter, 47, had their first day on the job at Gympie station yesterday.
Straight after their induction, the rookies got a bit of media training by giving an interview to The Gympie Times.
So what inspired them to join the police service? The obvious answer was a career change. Job security was also a common denominator.
After having worked in the hospitality industry from many years, owning and managing cafes in Noosa, Constable Matt Lenehan needed a challenge besides the daily grind of operating a small business.
Unfortunately for him, he spilled the beans about making great coffee and will no doubt be put on morning tea duty.
Constable Sean Baxter has lived and worked in Noosa for the past 20 years.
As the former regional manager for TNT Express, he is experienced in following a paper trail and looks forward to seeing police jobs all the way through from beginning to end.
With a background of ensuring all deliveries are made on time, assigning routes or jobs to individual couriers and operating within the constraints of a budget, police administrators have high expectations from Const Baxter.
The Gympie Police Station was his top pick for first-year posting.
"The station has a reputation for being one of the best training centres for police in Queensland," he said, getting a nod from Const Lenehan, who also listed Gympie on his wish list.
Former Australian Army soldier Const Delphine was looking for excitement.
And while Gympie was his third choice of stations, behind Sunshine Coast and Redcliffe, the 25-year-old is looking forward to following cases through from committed offences to court proceedings.
Const Delphine served five years in the army and was deployed to Afghanistan on an operational tour, however repetitious training back home was too monotonous and the police service offered diversity.