Marcus thrilled to join Rocky police

FOR Marcus Witt, a decade-long career in IT was never what we wanted to do - and a career aspiration from his teenage years has finally been realised at 33 years old.

Marcus is a police recruit who is currently working his way through the police academy and, after spending two weeks in Rockhampton for training, he is pretty thrilled that his first-year posting is here in town.

Police recruit Marcus Witt at the North Rockhampton Police Station. Photo Kelly Butterworth / Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
Police recruit Marcus Witt at the North Rockhampton Police Station. Photo Kelly Butterworth / Rockhampton Morning Bulletin Kelly Butterworth

"I'm originally from Rocky," he said.

"I'm here on station duty... that entails two weeks of station duty with the crews and attending first response with them as I will be as a general duties when I complete my time at the academy.

"At the academy we go through learning legislation, our powers and scenario-based assessments as well."

Marcus said he loves policing, and said a position in Rockhampton was what he had always wanted.

"It is great because it is so diverse. There has been plenty of stuff that I have enjoyed - it's not the same thing over and over," he said.

"You get to go out and help the community, and arrest the people that shouldn't be there."

After an IT degree in programming and software design and a job in office equipment repairs, then working for Queensland Corrective Services, Marcus said he finally thought he had enough experience to become a police officer.

"It's something I have always wanted to look at doing," he said.

"I wanted to when I was 19 (years old) and back then they wanted a bit more life experience, so it got put on hold."

Marcus will graduate from the academy in March.