Police Legatees: Their stories
No. 1; as published in the Jan-Feb edition of PANSW Police News and contributed by Tim Sinclair, NSWPL Marketing and Communications Manager
Plans change. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that. All Legatees are a part of NSW Police Legacy because at some point in their lives their plans changed in the most dramatic way. Here are two young Police Legatees who are planning careers based on rolling with the punches in 2021.
Seven years ago, Ainsley Baker became a Police Legatee when her father, Sergeant Jason Baker, died at the age of just 44.
Like so many of our Police Family, Ainsley shows a strength and a resilience beyond her years.
st year Ainsley completed her HSC, despite being locked down for several months. This year she’s taking a gap year, despite being unable to travel to France as planned.
She’s working five days a week at a children’s play centre, and plans to travel later this year with friends within NSW. (And France when it’s possible? “Yes!”)
“Every time I think about Legacy I think of them like my second family,” she says. She has good friends she loves reconnecting with through the adventure camps and other social outings, and she loves being around them because they’ve all shared the same experiences. “They just get it. They’re comfortable talking to you because they don’t feel sorry for you. You get to be yourself.”
Her favourite NSWPL moment is still the time the camp-bound minibus pulled out of the service station without her and her younger sister Jordan. It took the little boy sitting next to her other sister Mackenzie, back on the bus, saying “Hey, weren’t there two other people sitting behind us?” for someone to realise what had happened, and for the bus to swerve back through traffic to collect them.
Next year she’s going to be doing Communications at Newcastle University, living on campus and away from home for the first time. When I ask her if her mum’s going to be okay with her moving out she just laughs. “She’s fine. It’s my sisters – they’re excited I’m leaving!” As a writer and a storyteller, Communications was an easy choice for her. She has no definite plans after uni, but seems confident something will come along. In the meantime, she has 30,000 words of a fantasy novel sitting on her hard drive. Who knows what the future will bring for Ainsley, but we’re confident it will be marvellous!
Daisy Williams is a little further along the career path, having just completed her MA in Journalism at City University of New York. In what is surely a dream come true, she is currently interning at Rolling Stone magazine.
The last time NSW Police Legacy caught up with Daisy’s life and times, she had just left on exchange to the US in 2016. “Feeling a very full circle moment 5 years later!” she says.
Daisy’s been with us since 2005, when her father Senior Constable John Williams died.
She learned a lot about the world from him, and says her favourite memory of him is the two of them watching The Simpsons together.
“He always had the loudest, booming laugh and I remember sometimes not getting the jokes but when he laughed, cackling along… (thinking) it must be funny if it could make him laugh this hard.”
Daisy is incredibly grateful to have had the support of the NSWPL family for that time, and knows that it’s given her and sister Abbey enormous assistance in going into their chosen fields and thriving as young professional women.
However, she reflects the views of a lot of Police Legatees when she says it’s a bittersweet experience. “No one wishes to be in this club, but we are so grateful to have it.”
Her time in the US has shaped her in more ways than one, and it’s clear she’s still passionate about the Police Family. “It’s undeniable police brutality is a national conversation (in the US). I’d love to extend that conversation to anyone in the NSWPL family to make sure we are upholding a system that is in practice and systemically fair and just.” Daisy, I’m sure it’s a conversation you’ll find many takers for!