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Two new recruits boost Moree police ranks

AN additional two police officers will arrive in Moree next week from the Goulburn Police Academy’s Class 341.

The new Probationary Constables will report for duty for the first time on Monday and their arrival will take the number of new police officers the Northern Tablelands has received since the beginning of last year to 42.

Mr Marshall congratulated the new Probationary Constables on their graduation and thanked them for their commitment to preventing and disrupting crime.

“These two new officers will be an added boost to police resources in Moree, which now has record numbers of boots on the ground,” Mr Marshall said.

“The new recruits will be wonderful additions to the local police ‘family’ and it’s great to know they will be very supported by their fellow officers as well as a growing group of young officers who have arrived over the past 18 months.

“We’re stepping up the numbers of police in this region and, importantly, the visibility of police to help prevent crime, not just apprehend those who perpetrate it.

“To secure 42 new officers in less than two years is an enormous boost to the police ranks in our region and has contributed to falling crime rates across many communities.

“Policing can be an extremely challenging profession but with the training they’ve received from the academy and from what they’ll learn in their local commands they’ll be adequately prepared to step into this important role.

“If you happen to see our newest Moree officers, please stop, say g’day and welcome them to our region.”

Class 341 comprises 42 female and 117 male officers, 41.5 percent are aged between 21 and 25, and six of the recruits are joining the police force aged over 40.

Significantly, 19 recruits were born overseas in countries including Wales, New Zealand, Lebanon and Nepal, reflecting the diverse communities they will serve.

Four recruits are Indigenous with one coming through the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.

The NSW Government has committed to fortify the force into the future with the investment of more than $583 million over four years to deliver 1,500 extra police across the State.

Media Release: Friday, June 19, 2020