A COOLAMON man who suffers from autism lived out his dream by spending last Wednesday at the Junee Police Station.
Officers from the Junee Police Station welcomed 27-year-old Hamish Johnson, who attends Kurrajong Disability Services.
Hamish has always had a fascination with the boys in the blue, and holds them in high esteem.
His carer, Kelly Robinson, approached the Junee Police station and asked Inspector Rob Vergano if he could find time for Hamish to become a Junee police officer for the day.
She described Hamish as being “absolutely stoked” with the opportunity, which she said had “made his year”.
“Our main role is to make sure that (our clients) have choices and they can live as normal a life as possible,” Ms Robinson said.
“These experiences make them feel like they count and that they have a choice to do what they would like to do.”
Hamish particularly enjoyed suiting up for the occasion, proudly wearing the police hat and a bullet-proof vest.
He spent Wednesday morning touring the police station, visiting the cells and the charge room, while officers explained to him the process of placing someone under arrest.
He was also taken for a tour around Junee in the police truck with the spectacle of the sirens blaring.
Senior Constable Timothy Hall also spent time with Hamish and described this engagement as a “positive interaction”.
Similarly, Inspector Vergano said visiting the police allows people to have an understanding of their role in the community.
“I think it’s important for us to show all members of the community, regardless of disabilities or race, that the police are all human and we open ourselves up to come see what we do and why we do it,” he said.
“It gives a greater understanding of the role of police in the community, especially in places like Junee.
“It’s a very strongly based community, and we’re always open to the public and members of the community to come in and say hello.”