Speaker Date Topic
Jackie Urquhart Jan 23, 2018
Victoria Police Prosecutions and the Leaders Mentoring Program

Jackie is a Victoria Police member who is a participant in the Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program and is being mentored by Rotary member Therese Robinson. Jackie will explain the project she is undertaking as part of the mentoring program and give a background on herself and her role with Victoria Police.

Jackie joined Victoria Police in September 2005. Prior to this Jackie had completed a Bachelor of Management at the University of Ballarat and was working in the private sector in an Organisational Development and Learning role. After initial duties at the Malvern Police Station and undertaking a number of temporary assignments, Jackie successfully completed Prosecutors Training Course 80.

In 2010 Jackie obtained a position at Melbourne Prosecutions then in 2012 commenced duties at the Research and Training Unit (RTU). At RTU Jackie was a member of the Appeals and Advice team which had responsibility for supporting the Prosecutions Division and Victoria Police by providing advice regarding law and policy and managing superior court appeals. During this time Jackie obtained her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and completed the Graduate Certificate in Police Prosecution.

In 2013 Jackie was promoted to Sergeant at the Operations Response Unit (ORU).  Jackie enjoyed the challenge in an area outside of her comfort zone and gained exposure in a variety of roles to large scale events such as bushfire emergencies, riots and demonstrations.

In 2016 Jackie was promoted to Manager of the South East Prosecutions Region (Morwell, Bairnsdale and Sale Prosecutions Units) which meant a return to the Prosecutions Division as a Senior Sergeant.  More recently, Jackie has been transferred to the Melbourne Prosecutions Unit where she is responsible for ensuring a professional prosecutions service is delivered.

Jackie’s favourite thing to do is spend time with her partner, family and friends.  She also loves food. It certainly is an advantage that Jackie’s partner Josh was a chef prior to joining Victoria Police. 

Senior Sergeant Sarah Carmichael Feb 20, 2018
VicPol Road Policing & RCM. An opportunity for reflection, development and fostering relationships.

Sarah Carmichael is a Senior Sergeant at Victoria Police, and is stationed within the Road Policing Command Strategy Unit.

Sarah is a participant within the 2017-2018 Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program, and is being mentored by Marjorie Gerlinger. Sarah will provide a glimpse of herself professionally and personally, her role in the program and outline her community project.

After commencing studies at Monash after completing VCE, Sarah joined Victoria Police in 1999 as a 20 year old wanting to serve the community whilst following in the footsteps of her grandfathers, father and brother – all of whom had served in the Australian Armed Forces.

Sarah was initially stationed at the Heidelberg and Greensborough Police Stations. In 2006 she obtained a Detective position within the Stonnington Crime Investigation Unit.    

In 2010, Sarah obtained a Detective position within the Dandenong Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Unit. It was this period that presented Sarah with an unmistakable insight into the human character – at its best and worst – whilst reaffirming the reasons why she originally joined Victoria Police. 

In 2013 Sarah was promoted to Sergeant at the Oakleigh Police Station. 

In 2016 Sarah completed a six month period alongside the Eastern Region Assistant Commissioner, where she was responsible for the implementation and education of 2000 members regarding recommendations arising from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission review in relation to sex discrimination and sexual harassment within the force. 

At this time also, Sarah commenced a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management at CSU.

In 2017 Sarah was promoted to Senior Sergeant within the Road Policing Strategy Unit. Sarah is responsible for delivering research, evaluation of new and improved road policing technologies, road policing projects, implementation of strategy, legislative reform and engagement with key partner agencies. Sarah is enjoying the challenge of operating within the corporate environment, the opportunity for high level thinking and exposure and stepping outside of her comfort zone.

As the mother of three boys under 11 and the wife of an ex-serving policeman, Sarah is outnumbered in the gender stakes at home. Sarah is hoping to add another female member to family unit in the near future – namely a female French Bulldog.

Sarah and her husband Nick are both avid food and wine devotees. 

Sarah was a contestant on the second series of MasterChef in 2010 where she was selected from over 8000 other applicants.