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NEW POLICE TO DELIVER STRONGER COMMUNITIES

Published date: Friday, 3 May 2019

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More than 260 new probationary constables have today joined the record numbers of frontline police to help keep NSW safe.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Minister for Police David Elliott, Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, Police Commissioner Mick Fuller AMP and NSW Governor the Honourable Margaret Beazley for the attestation parade in Goulburn this morning, where class 337 took their oath.

“Our frontline police officers put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect the community,” Ms Berejiklian said. “The NSW Government is committed to recruiting more police officers across NSW to keep our communities safe.

“Congratulations to all the new police officers who graduated today and will now embark on their important and rewarding careers.”

Since 2011, the NSW Government has delivered more than 1000 police officers.

Mr Elliott said we owe every police officer a great debt of gratitude for their work.

“Our State has some of the lowest crime rates in a generation and that is testament to the police force, like the officers graduating today, who have completed world class training,” Mr Elliott said. “The new recruits will focus on proactive and high visibility policing, which will mean safer roads, more officers on the beat and better capabilities for tackling crime across the state.” 

Commissioner Fuller said the newly-attested officers will hit the ground running on Monday when they start at their new postings at police stations across NSW. 

“Today marks the end of the first chapter in these new officer’s policing careers, however it also represents the start of the next chapter, where they will experience the great challenges and rewards of serving the community as police officers,” Commissioner Fuller said. 

The NSW Government has committed $583 million over four years to deliver 1500 new police officers – the biggest single increase for the NSW Police Force in more than 30 years.