Mudgee sister completes Police trifecta

Mudgee senior constable Rachael Atkinson has been joined by a younger sibling to help complete a trio of serving sisters in the NSW Police Force.
Nanjing Night Net

On Friday Mrs Atkinson’s sister, Stacey Cupples, graduated as a probationary constable at the NSW Police Force Academy in Goulburn.

Ms Cupples is now the third sister to join the force and will be working from the Barrier Local Area Command.

Eldest sister and Newcastle City sergeant, Trudi Cupples, attested in 1996. Mrs Atkinson left the academy a year later in 1997 and moved between commands before settling in Mudgee.

Of the three sisters, Rachael always had the strongest desire to be a police officer. The sisters agree it is unusual for all three siblings from one family to become police officers – especially when there are no police in previous generations of the Cupples clan.

“It might not be quite so surprising if our dad or grandfather were a police officer,” Trudi said.

“But dad was a bank manager and mum is a pharmacy assistant.”

While many probationary constables prefer to begin their policing career in the city, Stacey wanted the exact opposite.

When the 33-year-old learned that she had been posted to a metropolitan local area command, she swapped spots with another recruit so she could work at the other side of the state in Broken Hill.

“I just prefer the lifestyle and people in country areas,” Stacey said.

“It’s a more laid back way of life.”

Although Stacey’s new home will be hundreds of kilometres from her sisters, they will only be a few key strokes away on the police instant-messaging system – and the three siblings will now have a lot more in common than just their upbringing.

THREE SISTERS: Senior Constable Rachael Atkinson (Mudgee LAC), Sergeant Trudi Cupples (Newcastle City LAC), and latest recruit Stacey Cupples (Barrier LAC) are now all serving members of the NSW Police Force. 270812/threesisters

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