SHE’S been on the blue line for 31 years but this week will be a first for Barwon Superintendent Jenny Hayes, as she commands the graduation of the latest round of police recruits.
And it’s not only a first for her leading the new graduates – it’s also the first time a commander from the Western Region has had the job, too.
Superintendent Hayes told The Northern Daily Leader the formal ceremony at|the Goulburn Police Academy on Friday would be emotional.
“It’s a very formal event, very traditional and moving event,” she said. “To actually be a part of it, it is really exciting.”
Superintendent Hayes arrived in Goulburn on Sunday for a week’s worth of talks and rehearsals with the new officers.
“I will be giving commands to the parade and I’ll be at the front and part of the parade,” she said.
“It’s not the time to make any mistakes in front of hundreds of families.
“There are a few graduates coming to Barwon and I’m looking forward to meeting them.”
Superintendent Hayes graduated from the police academy in Sydney more than three decades ago.
While Goulburn will be something new for the Barwon boss, some things don’t change.
“The ceremony itself is quite traditional and one of the traditions right at the end is when they throw their hats up in the air,” she said.
“The police band is playing, the hierarchy is there and it’s such a big day for the graduates.”
Hundreds of families will be at the academy for the parade.
While Superintendent Hayes said there would be no nerves from her end, it will be an emotional time for the officers after months of hard work.
Class 319 will be sworn in as probationary constables on Friday morning, but there’s not much time for celebrations following the parade.
The new officers will have to travel to their postings across the state to start their first shifts on Monday morning.