Senior Constable Gabrielle Zwaan-Ward from Nambour Road Policing Unit recently crossed paths with a fellow community member after being called to a job at a local hospital.
The Senior Constable assisted Ryan by dropping him home and couldn’t help but notice how excited he was to be able to ride in a police car.
Ryan told Senior Constable Zwaan-Ward that he would love to be a policeman one day.
Upon dropping him home, Senior Constable Zwaan-Ward spoke to Ryan’s carers and learned that they had had a few issues with Ryan of late.
Senior Constable Zwaan-Ward saw his ambition to be a police officer as a great motivation opportunity and so talked to him about always doing the right thing and offered another chance at riding in the patrol car if he didn’t get in any trouble in the next few weeks.
Fast forward a few weeks, and Ryan’s birthday rolled around.
Senior Constable Zwaan-Ward and Senior Constable Johnston, both from the Road Policing Unit decided to pay a visit to their new friend, complete with police motorbike, birthday balloons and a small present.
The look on Ryan’s face as he opened his present told the officers that he loved his dress-up police officer costume.
Once Ryan was all ‘kitted up’ the officers took him for a small drive in the police car and showed him the police bike as well.
Senior Constable Zwaan-Ward said she always enjoys the opportunity to engage with community members outside of road policing patrols and duties.
“When we took Ryan for a quick drive, it was awesome to see other community members out and helping us to make Ryan’s day special,” Senior Constable Zwaan-Ward said.
“Engaging positively with our community members is something that we love to do but don’t always get the chance to.”
This quick car trip made all the difference in Ryan’s day and even brightened the officers’ day as well.
Senior Constable Zwaan-Ward said she was happy to talk to Ryan about police work on his special day.
“I told Ryan that he will have to stay on the good side of the law, or else he wouldn’t be able to be my partner.
“I look forward to catching up with him again soon to see how he is travelling.”