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More than 100 new officers recruited to NSW Police Force, including one to Moree

Media Release

MORE than 100 new officers will join the ranks of the NSW Police Force today, including a newly graduated probationary constable to the Barwon Police Command at Moree.

The 105 recruits will be sworn in at an attestation parade at the NSW Police Force Academy in Goulburn later this morning (Friday 11 December 2015).

They will begin work in their local area commands as probationary constables from next Monday (14 December 2015).

The officers will then complete 12 months’ on-the-job training and study by distance education with Charles Sturt University before they officially graduate with an Associate Degree in Policing Practice, and be confirmed in the rank of constable.PoliceLogo

NSW Police Force Commissioner Andrew Scipione said he could not be more proud of the
82 men and 23 women who attested today.

“It is no small feat to have met the requirements of the police training program; it is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“With that behind them, the new officers are about to embark on a career that will be filled with challenges and rewards.

“I am confident they will approach their new roles with dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism,” he said.

The students of “Class 326” hail from a diverse range of countries, including not only Australia, but also Brazil, England, Italy, Malaysia, South Africa and Venezuela.

Seven of the new recruits identify as being from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

They are diverse in other ways, too: the youngest officer who attested today is aged 20; the eldest is 39. For some, it’s their first job; others have come to policing from an earlier career. Many come from Sydney, but there are also recruits who grew up on the South Coast Coast, Northern Tablelands, Blue Mountains, Canberra, Goulburn and Wagga Wagga.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said Moree’s new probationary constable will be deployed at the Moree Police Station from Monday and, in doing so, join a terrific community.

“This probationary constable has chosen a career that will see them serve the community by protecting lives and property, investigating and solving crime and keeping the people of this great state safe,” Mr Marshall said.

“They have worked hard at the Goulburn Academy and have today been formally sworn in ahead of starting their new lives as a probationary constable in the Northern Tablelands.

“The NSW Government is proud of all the attesting officers who have chosen to take on a career that comes with many challenges but equally many rewards.

“The NSW Government will continue to invest in the NSW Police Force to provide the best for them so they can keep the community safe.”

More than 3000 officers have passed through the Goulburn Academy since the NSW Government was elected in March 2011.

 

FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT “CLASS 326”

A total of 105 new recruits were sworn in today.

The class comprises 82 policeman and 23 policewomen.

Of the probationary constables who attested today, 90 were born in Australia and 14 were born overseas. Their countries of origin include Brazil, England, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Italy, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Wales.

Among those that attested, seven probationary constables identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background.

The two youngest recruits are aged 20 and the oldest is 39. Other age statistics:

4 are aged 18-20

48 are aged 21-25

30 are aged 26-30

18 are aged 31-35

5 are aged 36-40