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More police on the beat in the Hunter Valley

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The NSW Police Force welcomed 194 new probationary constables at the NSW Police Academy on Friday at the first full ceremony since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Class 345 saw 194 new police officers graduate including 139 men and 55 women who will undertake a year of on-the-job training and complete the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.

Some recruits entered the NSW Police Academy straight from school or university, while others left established professional careers and trades such as teachers, ambulance officers and a jockey.

The Hunter Valley Police District, Port Stephens-Hunter Police District and Oxley Police District are all getting two probationary constables each.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM at an attestation ceremony at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn today.

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David Elliott congratulated the incoming officers and welcomed the return to a full ceremony after last year’s events were disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions.

“Over the course of last year, we have seen first-hand the crucial role our police officers play in protecting the community and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their efforts,” 

“I am pleased to personally welcome the latest recruits in Goulburn and offer my assurance that they have the full support of the NSW Government as they commence their law enforcement careers today. Their commitment and dedication to serve and protect the community will not go unnoticed.”

“These officers will join a NSW Police Force that has been strengthened by investment from the NSW Government, including the delivery of 1500 additional officers over four years and the commitment to a $60 million upgrade to Goulburn Police Academy,” he said.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM said the latest intake of probationary constables will hit the ground running.

“I welcome Class 345, and their families and friends who have been able to join us here today,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“I know from experience that this is a very significant moment in every officer’s career. As our newest police officers start at their new commands on Monday [today], they can be assured that this is the start of a memorable and rewarding career in law enforcement.”

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