Four new police officers hit the Innisfail beat

Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Hodgman welcomed First Year Constables Matthew Beitz, Jodie Wischnevsky, Kynan Rodiger and Taylah Tennent to the Innisfail Police Station.

FRESH from the North Queensland Police Academy in Oxley, Brisbane, four first year constables have received postings to Innisfail Police Station and started general duties.


At the welcome morning tea for the first-year constables, Detective Senior Constable Daniel Bratt also received his detective badge and certificate by QPS Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Hodgman.


Taylah Tennent, Jodie Wischnevsky, Kynan Rodiger and Matthew Beitz are the fresh faces who were part of a group of 53 recruits from the Brisbane academy, aged between 20 and 45 from a broad range of professional backgrounds, who have taken up placements at stations in the Far North Police District.


During their six months of intense training at QPS Academy in Brisbane, recruits covered driver training, firearms, domestic violence, police skills, mental health, arrests, drink driving, tasers, traffic crashes, two deployments to Brisbane airport for COVID-19, as well as legislation, laws and paperwork.


Their mentors are experienced Field Training Officers Constable Ben Prestwood, Senior Constables Stephanie Lavery and Daniel Rodokal and Sergeant Seath Pooles, who will mentor them in community policing. 


This will also involve day and night shifts, rotations and spending time working in specialist sections, such as Child Protection Investigation Unit, Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), scenes of crime and prosecutions.


Constable Tennent, who hails from Brisbane, moved all over Australia as her father was a former army officer and worked in the field of hospitality.


She also holds a Diploma in Hospitality Management, and after doing Year 11 work experience with the police, this sparked her passion in a policing career. Her long-term goal is to work in the police task force maxima.


Constable Wischnevsky was born and raised in Tweed Heads, where she completed all her schooling. She was a manager at Coles for thirteen years, before deciding to join the police.


Matthew Beitz grew up on his family’s cattle/sheep farm in a small town of Amby an hour west of Roma and completed his schooling at Mitchell and Roma. 


Before applying for the police service, he worked on his parent’s farm and played rugby league and cricket.


Rodiger is from Brisbane, living close to the police academy and completed his schooling at Oxley Primary School and Corinda High School. 


For five and half years, he completed a university degree in Exercise Science and Paramedicine, whilst working at the bowls club bar. 


He also worked for two years in Protective Services doing security at Supreme and District courts in Brisbane and Cairns before joining the police.


For those considering going into the police force, the four new constables said, ‘give it a shot,’ be patient, whilst they felt common sense, being open-minded, diligence, integrity, compassion, empathy, resilience, as well as excellent communication skills are important qualities to be a good police officer.

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