AT THE END OF THE DAY: Senior Constable Jennifer Black in uniform.
AT THE END OF THE DAY: Senior Constable Jennifer Black in uniform. Contributed.

Tireless work all done in line of duty

IN 1976, height limits meant that at 5'5" Jenny Black was an inch too short to join the New South Wales police force, so she jumped the border and signed up in Queensland.

Forty years later, the recently-retired Senior Constable said her lack of stature presented only a minor problem.

With a 75cm waist she couldn't get everything on her belt.

"There's about six kilos of gear, gun, spare magazines, handcuffs, baton, taser, capsicum spray, handheld radio," she said.

An operational officer for all but six months of her police career, she spent 25 years on the streets of Nambour doing what she liked most, dealing with people.

"I liked being out on the road, it's unusual for a woman to stay on road. I was the oldest serving operational female in the Queensland Police Service."

At her farewell, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart spoke about her dedication to the job.

He was joined at the microphone by fellow officers, some current, some also retired.

In the audience were the local Assistant Commissioner Michael Condon, the highest-ranking woman in the police force Assistant Commissioner Gail Hogan, a retired deputy commissioner, inspectors, and other high-ranking officers and many operational officers she worked with over the years.

There was no doubt that Senior Constable Jennifer Black was respected for her work.

She received a Meritorious Service Award for Outstanding Police Work and previously earned a Years of Service medal.

All for doing a job she loved, a job that "was different every day". "You see people at their best and worst and somewhere in between."

The worst was often domestic violence and Snr Const Jennifer Black became very involved in domestic violence issues.

She was the station liaison officer overseeing risk management in police officers, the go-to person for officers on legislation, gave lectures to community groups, was on the steering committee for Queensland Crisis Care Centre, now DV Connect - and the Maroochydore Women's Refuge committee, the Nambour Lions Emergency committee and the steering committee for the Men's Crisis Intervention committee.

Jenny and her partner will keep busy cycling or hiking. And Jenny will continue her volunteering at Nambour PCYC.

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