Coffee with a cop: Just the right fit

ACTING Sergeant Marina Simonelli says while policing may not be a career for everyone, the uniform has proved just the right fit for her. 

Act-Srg Simonelli joined Victoria Police in search of variety and a career that would allow her to give back to the community. 

Acting Sergeant Marina Simonelli said after 14 years of policing, she still finds herself enjoying the job. Picture supplied.

Acting Sergeant Marina Simonelli said after 14 years of policing, she still finds herself enjoying the job. Picture supplied.

"I always wanted a career where I could help people in a role that was different everyday," she said, adding after doing some research, she decided Victoria Police was "the place for me". 

"There are not many other jobs where no two shifts are the same.

"You get to see people at both their best and worst and I believed that at the time I would find this both a challenging and rewarding career."

Act-Srg Simonelli began her policing career at Frankston Police Station in 2005 as a uniform member. 

It was at Frankston that she learnt the "fundamentals" of being a police officer, before a transfer to Wangaratta Police Station in 2007, where she remained for "about" five years. 

During her stint at Wangaratta, Act-Srg Simonelli worked in temporary duties at the Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) as a detective, but "found the uniform policing role more rewarding". 

In search of a return to uniform, Act-Srg Simonelli made the move to the Swan Hill Police Station in 2012.

To read more of this story, grab a copy of the March 13 edition of The Guardian. 

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