Miles Police recently swore nine-year-old Christopher Lowe into the Queensland Police Service (QPS) during a ‘cop for a day’ event to fulfil his dream of being a police officer.
In June this year, Christopher began radiation treatment in Brisbane for a brain tumour – Grade III Anaplastic Ependymoma, a cancer of the brain and spine. Sadly, a month later, the Lowe family was advised that Christopher had an additional diagnosis of high grade neuroepithelial tumour with a BCOR alteration – an extremely rare cancer with only 25 cases reported worldwide and one other case in Australia.
Miles Police officer, Senior Constable Linette Swales said those that knew the Lowe family, knew that Christopher had always dreamed of joining the QPS.
“Christopher dreams of being a police officer when he grows up and often tells us this when he catches police out and about,” Senior Constable Swales said.
“I always dreamed of being a police officer when I was young, so I wanted to make Christopher’s dream become a reality.”
Miles Police, supported by specialist units including Toowoomba Dog Squad, Road Policing officers, Police Pipes and Drums, Roma Major and Organised Crime Squad (MOCS), and Roma and Dalby Scenes of Crime (SOC) officers, met Special Junior Constable Christopher at the local football field after his short ride in a police vehicle around town with parents Ian and Injilay and his three sisters.
First up, Special Junior Constable Christopher was sworn into the Service by Superintendent Garrath Channells, whilst Police Pipes and Drums played throughout the ceremony. He also received his own personal QPS name badge and notice of appointment signed by Commissioner Katarina Carroll.
Shortly after, he attended Miles Police Station to complete his first shift and solve his very first crime of who stole a bicycle from the Miles social club shed.
With assistance from SOC and Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU) detectives, Special Junior Constable Christopher solved the crime, locating the bicycle and alleged thief at local business Roadwarriors.
For his efforts, Queensland Police Union of Employees (QPUE) then gifted the bicycle to Christopher.
After a delicious morning tea and lunch provided by Creek Cafe, Maces Bakery, Foodworks Miles, IGA Miles, Chaplains Butchery and Miles Wholesale Meats and Smallgoods, Superintendent Channells promoted Special Junior Constable Christopher to Special Chief of Police for his good work in solving the stolen bicycle offence, and he was taken for a ride in the Dalby Road Policing Unit Stinger around Miles.
Christopher’s dad, Ian Lowe, said police went above and beyond.
“This is amazing,” he said.
“Just made his dreams come true.”
Commissioner Carroll, who was unable to make the event due to prior commitments, said she welcomed Christopher’s enthusiasm and passion to become a Queensland Police officer.
“I am very pleased Miles Police were able to support Christopher’s dream of joining the QPS and sincerely hope he enjoyed his first day on patrol,” Commissioner Carroll said.
Please note: Miles was not subject to face masks restrictions during the filming of this event.