The newest member of Port Fairy police marks a milestone for the coastal town with Lana Roberts believed to be the first female officer in a permanent role.
The senior constable brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Port Fairy team which comprises of a sergeant and four other members.
It's the first time the station has had a full crew in years with Senior Constable Roberts believed to be the first female officer to be permanently stationed there in its history.
"There doesn't seem to be any (permanent female) officers on record," Senior Constable Roberts said.
"It looks like there were reservists but no sworn uniform members and no females since at least the 80s."
Reservists are former police officers who re-join in a non-operational role carrying out administrative duties.
Senior Constable Roberts, who grew up in Warrnambool and Timboon, joined the police force in 2010, aged 23.
She trained in Melbourne at Prahran police station before spending two years at Heidelberg and then moving on to Camperdown in 2013.
"I went to Warrnambool's divisional tasking unit in 2014 and then joined the family violence unit the following year," Senior Constable Roberts said.
"I was acting sergeant at Warrnambool before deciding on a bit of a change of direction in my career."
Senior Constable Roberts said she was keen to get back to community policing, rather than managing a team within the walls of a police station.
"I like getting out there, getting involved and speaking with the locals of the area," she said.
"Everyone says it but I like that no day is the same (in policing). You don't know what you're going to get when you come to work."
Prior to her policing career, Senior Constable Roberts spent four years in Ireland working in the horse racing industry.
"I worked on a few studs and did a lot of track work over there before coming back and doing the same in Melbourne," she said.
"I loved the job but I was getting out of bed at 3am. I knew I wanted a family down the line and so it wasn't going to be forever with those sort of hours."
Senior Constable Roberts has two children - Sully, aged five, and Lenny, two.
She said juggling motherhood and policing was "a bit of an adjustment".
"But it's good and another appeal of working over here is there is a lot more flexibility in my hours," Senior Constable Roberts said.
"I also much prefer working in a smaller team. I did that at the divisional tasking and family violence units, as well as in Camperdown where we had a sergeant and six (other members)."
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