Four new police officers have been welcomed to the region on their first day on duty today, back row, left, New England Police Commander Superintendent Steve Laksa, Probationary Constables Maddison King (Inverell) and Chris Duncan (Moree), Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall. Front, New England Police District Education Officer Senior Constable Tom Grace, Probationary Constables Wade Goff (Armidale) and Phil McDonald (Inverell) and Inverell Officer in Charge Chief Inspector Rowan O’Brien.
Monday, 7 March, 2022
FOUR freshly-minted police officers were today welcomed to the region by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall as they reported for their induction at the Inverell Police Station.
The Probationary Constables have been posted to Moree, Inverell and Armidale stations within the New England Police Command following their graduation from the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn last Friday.
The officers are part of the NSW Police Academy’s Class 351. Following today’s induction, Probationary Constable Chris Duncan will join the Moree Police Station, Probationary Constables Maddison King and Phil McDonald will be stationed at the Inverell Police Station and Probationary Constable Wade Goff will be based at Armidale.
The arrival of these new recruits takes the number of new police officers the Northern Tablelands has secured in the past three years to 67.
Mr Marshall was pleased for the chance to meet the four new officers in person, especially on the first day of their new careers in law enforcement.
“It’s an exciting day for our four new officers as they take their first steps into their chosen career and I commend the great tenacity and commitment they have shown to reach this point,” Mr Marshall said.
“The NSW Police Academy certainly puts new recruits through their paces and I take my hat off to all the recruits who successfully complete such intense training and preparation.
“They will be wonderful additions to our regions, and, as always, they will have a warm welcome from their colleagues and the community.”
These officers join a NSW Police Force that has been strengthened by investment from the NSW Government, including the delivery of 1,500 additional officers over four years.
“I congratulate and thank all the hardworking police officers and the support staff in all our stations across the Northern Tablelands.” Mr Marshall said.
“Every officer provides important support and the past few years through drought, fire, pandemic and now floods, have been particularly challenging – I commend them all.”