Trying the 'flip side': Coffee with a cop

This is Sergeant Tanya Brooks' second stint at the Swan Hill Police Station, having taken a position here in 1998, some 20 years ago. Picture: CAITLIN McARTHUR

This is Sergeant Tanya Brooks' second stint at the Swan Hill Police Station, having taken a position here in 1998, some 20 years ago. Picture: CAITLIN McARTHUR

SERGEANT Tanya Brooks joined Victoria Police in search of adventure, almost 23 years on it looks like she certainly got it. 

From delivering a baby on the roadside and bringing perpetrators of child abuse to justice, to officer in command for Highway Patrol, Sgt Brooks' policing career has held plenty of variety. 

"I wanted to come to work each day and not know what was going to happen and for it to be exciting and adventurous," she told The Guardian. 

"I wanted to come to work each day and not know what was going to happen and for it to be exciting and adventurous." - Swan Hill police Sergeant Tanya Brooks.

The Kerang-born officer joined the Swan Hill Police Station this year following a promotion from detective to sergeant. 

Now back in uniform, Sgt Brooks said she is enjoying the role, which allows her to mentor the younger members at the station. 

Prior to policing, Sgt Brooks worked as a nurse for the Gannawarra Shire, it was a role she held for two years and "thoroughly enjoyed" before setting her sights on a career with the thin blue line. 

Sgt Brooks joined the ranks of Victoria Police in January 1996, graduating from the academy in May that year. 

After stints at the Greensborough and Reservoir police stations, Sgt Brooks decided to return to the country. 

To read more of this story, grab a copy of the December 17 edition of The Guardian. 

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