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Senior Constable Kara Blackburn. Photo: SAPOL Photographic Section.

All torque and plenty of action Senior Constable Kara Blackburn is typical of the type of person SAPOL is aiming to attract through Recruit 313. With no clear idea of what career path to follow after finishing high school, she eventually decided to pursue her long-held interest in policing.

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decade later she is living life in the fast lane as SAPOL’s first ever female motorcycle officer. “I took a gap year after high school and worked full-time in a hospitality management position and joined the Army

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Reserve,” Senior Constable Blackburn said. “I’ve never enjoyed sitting still for long periods and policing seemed like the type of job that kept you moving, so I looked into it, saw the variety of roles available and applied straight away.” Senior Constable Blackburn has worked in a range of areas across SAPOL including patrols, plain clothed areas, Transit and Traffic. However, with a passion for motorcycles it was only a matter of time before she realised her dream of becoming a ‘speedie’. “I’d always wanted to ride motorbikes and gained my licence as soon as I began my course at the Police Academy in 2006,” she said. “My first field tutor also rode and helped me develop a keen interest in traffic. From there I decided that it was a

role I’d certainly be interested in pursuing.” The State Traffic Enforcement Unit member’s career aspirations crystallised while riding dirt bikes in her role at Transit. After satisfying all the pre-entry assessments, she undertook the intensive three-week motorcycle officer course. Like many others, she was unsuccessful in her first attempt and re-did the course around 12 months later. “I spent that time getting out on my own bike as much as possible to improve my skills. It was a role I really wanted to do, so I worked extremely hard at it until I was successful,” Senior Constable Blackburn said. “I was definitely proud of myself for passing the course and it was great feeling to be the first female to do so.

The course standards are exactly the same for men and women, so it’s nice to know that I’m equally as capable. “With more women joining SAPOL, it won’t be long until I’m joined by other female motorcycle officers as the role is definitely achievable.” Senior Constable Blackburn highly recommends a career with SAPOL. “Policing offers such diverse opportunities with the many roles available, so there is something for everyone. It also offers a great worklife balance and different challenges every day,” she said. “It’s a great way to test yourself and get out of your comfort zone, learn new things, make some great friends and have a dynamic and rewarding career.” 

Blueprint magazine Issue 1 2017  

Blueprint is South Australia Police’s official magazine. In each issue you will find informative and engaging articles covering a broad rang...

Blueprint magazine Issue 1 2017  

Blueprint is South Australia Police’s official magazine. In each issue you will find informative and engaging articles covering a broad rang...