Message from the Chief Commissioner

Senior Constable Anthony Hanna

Wed 9 February 2011

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Name: Anthony Hanna

Rank: Senior Constable

What area do you work in?

I work in the Force Response Unit in the Critical Incident Response Team and as a negotiator.

What does your job involve?

Attending critical incidents involving violent or armed offenders or where people have threatened to harm themselves. In my role we are highly trained and carry more equipment to deal with these types of high-risk incidents compared to local police.

When did you join Victoria Police?

I joined Victoria Police in 2005.

Why did you want to become a police member?

I've always wanted to be a policeman. My uncle was a member and as I grew up my two cousins became police. However I think my brother was my inspiration as he always wanted to join the police and I wanted to be like him.

What type of training have you done?

I completed my training at the police academy and then worked as a Constable in Diamond Creek. In 2008 I completed the Critical Incident Response Team course and transferred to the Force Response Unit. Since being there I gained my qualification as a negotiator. In the Force Response Unit we are always training to keep our skills at a high level.

Do you enjoy being a police member? Why?

The best thing about being a police officer is that itís different every single day. You get to see things that the everyday person doesnít. You are always part of the action.

What is the most exciting thing about your job?

The surprise of what might be around the corner. One minute youíre just driving around and the next youíre flying to a job in the city with lights and sirens going trying to help someone. Itís great jumping out of the car and seeing what's happening at a job. Just when you think youíve seen it all, you quickly learn that you haven't. And I love that.

What advice would you give to kids who would like to become police when they grow up?

If joining the police is what you want to do then do it. A lot of people talk about wanting to be a police officer but never do it because theyíre unsure if they can handle the job or the academy. It's not as scary as you think and there are always people to help you along the way. The other thing would be to never give up. It took me three attempts to pass the written exam and I had to work really hard on my spelling. But I had a goal and have never looked back.

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