Students Inspired By Leading Female Police Officer
Superintendant Tina Wetherall-Pegley, spoke to a group of female students from Years 10 to 13 and used her own life story to show them how success can be achieved.
The officer, who leads a team of 79 people and has been in the police force for more than 20 years said: "I want to show that anyone can achieve something if they work hard enough. If you develop a work ethic you will be successful in whatever you choose to do."
The officer, who has recently been involved in breaking the largest organised crime ring the county has even know, has worked her way up from Police Constable to Superintendant by focusing on what she wanted to achieve.
During her career she has worked as a fire arms officer, been a member of special branch, and more recently worked undercover to investigate corrupt officers within the force.
The working mother told the students to make the most of the opportunities that will come their way in the future.
She said: "I don't do this job because of the salary or status, but because I see it as a vocation and I want to serve the community.
"I see success as helping to make communities safer."
The officer, whose role is head of public protection, has also been involved in creating The Sunflower Centre - a domestic abuse centre and in setting up the Rose Project - a project devised to tackle the issue of prolific offenders.
Dajana Vucenovic who was in the audience, said: "The talk was really inspirational and has made me think about how my future and what career I want to follow."