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In Series Two, Kerry makes the transition from being TR’s toughest critic, to being its fiercest defender. A highly intelligent, honest and forthright woman, Kerry has made her own way in life. From struggletown Australia she has forged a career, rising rapidly to the rank of Inspector.
Now, at the age of 42, unattached and knowing she is about to enter the ‘invisible woman’ era she feels she can let the pressure off. She is not out to prove anything to anyone anymore, particularly herself, so she lets the chip on her shoulder show a bit. She is a natural leader who can be overbearing, even bullying at times. She hates bullies, but is often one herself. She never admits mistakes and never admits to never admitting mistakes. She can be confrontational, dogmatic and disdainful of perceived idiots. What the hell, life’s too short to put up with morons.
It was not always like this. Born into a family of four in a Housing Commission estate on the outskirts of Melbourne, Kerry learned early to disguise her intelligence, forcing herself not to stand out too much, not to let teachers and parents, particularly her father, know how clearly she saw the world about her. Her rebellious early-eighties years were a nightmare. After finding herself pregnant she was married for fourteen terrible months to a muso – a bass player- whose dreams faded the moment he took his first gig on a cruise ship. After that she watched from a distance as his slide accelerated till his overdose in 1987. She brought up her son alone. (They are estranged, painfully. He is now 24. She hasn’t seen him for three years).Kerry carries an unstated guilt that she was, and is, a terrible mother. But she swallows it, pushes those thoughts aside. As bad as she was, she knows she was a far better parent than her own mother. Yet the older she gets the more proud of her background she becomes. As a young girl she was ashamed of her poverty-stricken parents and the hand-to-mouth struggle of everyone around her. But now she finds the whole thing a blessing.
She has a burning dislike for people of the cozy middle class with their unthinking belief in the absolute rightness of their position. She despises their smugness and superiority. And she lets them know it.Back in 1989, at age 23, Kerry knew two things – the underclass and the police. So she joined the coppers. She began university part-time while working through the academy and, surprising everyone but herself, excelled, taking in through the pores the cop culture and the excitement of learning.
By the end of her second year, with a string of high distinctions behind her, Kerry knew she had found herself. At thirty-two, Kerry was invited to join the Premier’s select taskforce investigating criminal behaviour in various newly-arrived cultural groups, at the same time studying for her degree in Law.
As a criminologist, someone who has made a career from thinking on the other side of the legal fence, Kerry is not an obvious choice to oversee an elite group of young police officers. She knows a great deal more about what makes criminals tick than she does about cops. But her training in criminal psychology and her thorough knowledge of global cutting-edge police methods equip her as well as anyone for the job. Plus she’s done the training – and excelled at it.
Kerry is a visionary with real analytical capacity. Some of the team thinks she’s great, others don’t; they pretend she’s part of the furniture and attempt to work around her – unsuccessfully.She has a deep-seated belief in the Tactical Response and what they are trying to accomplish. She believes that the techniques the Tactical Response use are the future of successful, humane policing.
At the base Kerry is the consummate professional. But her personal life is another matter. Her recent breakup with her husband of five years, Geoffrey, is proving difficult to deal with. This pisses her off. Why can’t she simply move on? Why can’t she take her own advice and cut him out like a piece of cancer? She is finding the separation and the divorce the most difficult thing she has ever had to deal with. Kerry sees the failure of her marriage as her own failure, and for a woman who has never failed at anything this powerlessness is immensely destructive. She might be a bastard, but she’s our bastard.
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