How police made Hamish's dream come true

Published 3:10pm 12 January 2023

How police made Hamish's dream come true
Words by Nick Crockford

Queensland Police made a dream come true for five-year-old Hamish at yesterday's Cop for a Day event on Bribie Island.

Police Minister Mark Ryan, the State Member for Morayfield and Commissioner Katarina Carroll enrolled Hamish as the service’s newest recruit.

Alongside family and kindergarten classmates, the young Moreton Bay Region resident received a police uniform, being sworn in and given his own police identification and certificate.

He arrived on Police Vessel Casey Blain, was piped in by Police Pipes and Drums, rode on an all-terrain vehicle and met new colleagues in the Dog Squad, PolAir, Highway Patrol and Mounted Unit.

Hamish suffers from dyskeratosis congentia, a telomere biology disorder which causes multiple issues like bone marrow failure and liver failure.

Recently, he spoke with Senior Constable Cameron Clancy, of Burpengary Police, about his love of policing and wrote to Commissioner Carroll, asking to join the QPS.

In preparation for the day, an official acceptance letter and police uniform were delivered to the youngster.

“Hamish has demonstrated extraordinary bravery already in his young life and I have no doubt the service would benefit from him joining,” said Commissioner Katarina Carroll, who performed the swearing in.

How police made Hamish's dream come true

“This bravery is a quality seen in our frontline police every day and our organisation is stronger with Hamish’s appointment.

“The QPS is grateful to be here and be part of fulfilling his dreams of becoming an officer.”

Minister Mark Ryan said: “I am truly honoured to be part of young Hamish’s celebration today,” he said.

“Hamish, you have all the ingredients of a great officer; a passion to help others and courage!

“I hope that you enjoyed your day today and am sure that you will have some very exciting things to take to your next Show and Tell at kindy!”

How police made Hamish's dream come true

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