For Constable Jack Basnett, the inspiration to become a police officer was simple: “help the good people and catch the bad people.”

Constable Basnett is Wee Waa Police Station’s newest recruit, and he comes armed with just the right attitude to help keep the town’s streets safe.

“I enjoy country policing; you’re helping the community that you live in as well, so it’s important and makes a difference.”

Constable Basnett was born and bred in Uralla but has spent the last few years gaining invaluable experience, working as a police officer in Merrylands, Sydney.

“It was very busy, but Sydney was a good place to start,” he said.

“I’m excited to be here now; it’s a nice town.

“I’ve been to Narrabri before, having grown up at Uralla, I played footy in Narrabri when I was younger.”

Constable Basnett’s love of country life and desire to help smaller communities is why he’s returned to the regions.

“I always wanted to come out bush and work out here.

“Everyone is so friendly in town; people wave to you when you’re walking down the street and acknowledge you; they don’t just have their heads down when they’re walking past you,” he said.

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