Monday, 12 December 2016
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall says the Barwon and New England Local Area Commands will today welcome five new probationary constables from the latest Police Academy attestation parade of Class of 329.
Mr Marshall said four police officers will start work at Moree and one at Armidale from today – and he knows the local communities will welcome them with open arms.
“On behalf of our region, I would like to congratulate them to their commitment to training and moving into our local areas to help to combat crime and protect the community,” Mr Marshall said.
“I know the qualifications they have completed at the Police Academy, together with the on-the-job training that our officers will undertake with the Barwon and New England commands, will ensure they are more than adequately prepared for this important role.
“Policing can be a very challenging career and our officers encounter the best and the worst of humanity, so I’m very pleased that those forces in this region will benefit from the enthusiasm of five new officers starting their job on the beat.
“But I also know they are moving into areas that overwhelmingly are honest, law abiding and welcoming and they are communities that are generous and considerate of new comers and will make them feel right at home.”
Class 329 includes 130 recruits who have attested as Probationary Constables. These new recruits will commence on-the-job training on Monday and will continue distance education before graduating with an Associate Diploma in Policing Practice.
Mr Marshall said the new officers join more than 3,759 officers who have become sworn officers in the NSW Police Force since 2011 and would add to the NSW Government’s commitment to boost the authorised strength of the NSW Police Force to 16,795 over this term of government.
Mr Marshall will be meeting with the new officers this week, to welcome them to the region personally.
He said the region had fared well this year, with seven new recruits from the academy allocated to Moree and three at Armidale.