Brendan Williams takes his work home with him but you won’t ever hear him complain.
On the clock, the Senior Constable and Police Dog Hadar are a crime fighting duo and at home, they’re mild-mannered family men.
“What I love most about my job is I get to take my best friend home with me,” he said.
“Every single day is different, I never know what I’m going to go to when I start my shift and I get to work with my best mate.”
Sen Const Williams said 2.5-year-old Hadar’s scent-seeking abilities never ceased to amaze him.
“Sometimes he shocks me at what he can do,” he said.
“The most rewarding job I would have to say is the first crook I caught with my dog, I was like a proud parent. We caught eight people who’d just robbed and father and his young daughter of their car. I found them at a McDonalds and we chased them over numerous fences and caught them in a backyard.”
A former carpenter, Sen Const Williams said he was glad he made the change to policing.
“I joined Victoria Police because every day is different, you’re not sitting behind a desk, you’re out there doing stuff every single day,” he said.
“There are so many different pathways you can take once you’ve joined, there’s Water Police, Air Wing, detectives, Family Violence, Dog Squad, there’s endless opportunities. You don’t have to stick with one job for the rest of your life.
“In Victoria Police you get good holiday benefits. Having a little daughter I get to spend most of my days with her as I work majority night shift. Working night shifts and being a carpenter I also do a lot of renovations to my home.
“I never had a day where I’ve dreaded going to work. I’ve got my dream job, working with dogs, I’ve got 9 weeks holiday a year, I work 9 days a fortnight and the pay’s great. I think the pay’s better now than when I was a carpenter.”
Through policing, Sen Const Williams has also represented Australia in rugby league and travelled to Fiji to compete.
“I play in the Victoria Police rugby league side and I also play in the affiliated states and territories rugby league team which every year has a tri series against NSW and Queensland,” he said.
“I believe policing is for everyone. If you want a career you can work in until you’re 60, then this is the job for you.”
Reviewed 13 February 2019