A RECRUIT before her attended a murder on his first day.
It was a daunting thought for Albury probationary Constable Mary-Anne Walker on her first day yesterday with a whole shift before her.
“It could be anything,” she said of what awaited her.
Constable Walker, 36, just graduated from the police academy at Goulburn and the Sydney-raised officer, who had heard Albury was a busy station, made it her top pick to begin her career.
“I wanted somewhere different. I wanted to get out of Sydney,” she said.
Constable Walker studied forensics at university before she joined the force, surrounded by 19-year-olds whose idea of solving crime generally came from television shows such as CSI.
“I was interested in it (forensics) well before that,” she said.
“I have always been interested in investigating crime and finding out the truth.”
She hopes to put those skills to work.
“I’m hoping to go up the ranks, learn a lot and, hopefully, maybe go into forensics and detective work,” she said.
Constable Walker’s inclusion at the station brings the command to record strength.
Inspector David Cottee said: “We can provide a level of response the community expects without too many budgetary impacts”.