Dreams do come true! Gold Coast police fulfill wish for late officer’s son

CALLUM Scanlan has always dreamed of being a police officer like his late father, Phil Scanlan.

Callum, now a 23-year-old man, was only a young boy when he lost his detective dad – his hero.

Sworn into the Queensland Police Service in 1981, his dad Phil was stationed in Surfers Paradise with Sergeant John Goobanko before the pair went on to become detectives.


From there, Phil later had a career change and worked as the head of security elsewhere.

Following his father’s passing, Callum’s mum Margaret said her son has been obsessed with policing and has forever dreamed of one day becoming an officer like his dad.

This year, Phill’s former partner Sergeant Goobanko and Constable Latisha Whalan made that happen.

(Source: Queensland Police)

With his mum Margaret in tow, Callum was fitted with his very own police hat and treated to a day of fun-filled policing in Surfers Paradise, patrolling beaches and meeting locals.

He was given a VIP tour of the Surfers Paradise police station, before hitting the road in the new all-terrain police vehicle, ‘Rhino’.

In a statement, police said Callum had “the biggest smile” on his face at the end of the day and added he couldn’t wait to come back for another day on the job.

(Source: Queensland Police)

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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