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Constable Matt Ayliffe loves the life in Bourke

Constable Matthew Ayliffe said he was excited to be part of the Bourke community. Photo TWH

When Matt Ayliffe completed his police training, he picked Bourke as his preferred posting.

Two months on, he is absolutely loving it!

Now a Probationary Constable at Bourke Police Station, 22-year-old Constable Ayliffe from Newcastle said his placement at Bourke was his first foray into the country.

“I was at the Academy for four months,” he said. “When it was time to choose our placements, they had a few people from the western region talk to us, from various places like Broken Hill and Walgett.”

“They were talking about the western region and how it is really good in terms of policing, and you get to really reap the rewards of policing in general, because it’s a small population.”

Mr Ayliffe decided to take the chance and chose the western region, and specifically asked for Bourke as his first preference, even though he had never been to Bourke before.

“I finished at the Academy on the 8th of December,” Constable Ayliffe said. “And went to Bourke on the 11th.

“I found out I was going to Bourke about six weeks before I graduated but I was still getting my head around it and considering things like how I was going to get my stuff from Newcastle to Bourke. It sounds silly, but I didn’t actually know.”

On arrival, Constable Ayliffe said he found the Bourke Police Station to be excellent and his fellow officers very welcoming. However, Bourke was nothing like he expected.

“Nothing could possibly prepare me for what I was in for,” Mr Ayliffe said. “I was driving out to Bourke, and I got past Dubbo and I thought ‘ok, this is pretty good, they’ve got a KFC.’ […]

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