NSW Police: New officers to join ranks across the Central West

NEW RECRUITS: NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller spoke at Friday's ceremony. Photo: GOULBURN POST
NEW RECRUITS: NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller spoke at Friday's ceremony. Photo: GOULBURN POST

A BATCH of 14 new probationary constables are set to join the NSW Police Force ranks in the Central West.

They are among 257 probationary constables who will take part in the attestation parade at the Police Academy in Gouburn on Friday.

The officers will be deployed to the Chifley (six officers), Orana Mid-Western (six) and Central West (two) police districts.

The NSW Police Force’s ‘Class 335’ includes 168 policemen and 89 policewomen, who will complete 12 months on-the-job training and study of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University, before being confirmed to the rank of constable.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said that the ceremony marked a huge milestone for the new recruits who have worked extremely hard over the past eight months.

They have already proven themselves physically and academically to reach this point and from Monday they will experience the reward of serving the community as a police officer.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller

“We welcome more than 250 new recruits to the ranks of the NSW Police Force, where they will be tested with new challenges every day,” he said.

“They have already proven themselves physically and academically to reach this point and from Monday they will experience the reward of serving the community as a police officer.

“For the next 12 months they will continue to study and learn what it truly means to wear the uniform at Police Area Commands and Police Districts across the state.”

The students will attest with the rank of probationary constable and report to their new stations for work on Monday, December 10.

Facts and figures about ‘Class 335’

A total of 257 new recruits are being sworn in today.

The class comprises of 168 policemen and 89 policewomen.

They will then complete 12 months on-the-job training and study by distance education with Charles Sturt University. They officially graduate with an Associate Degree in Policing Practice once they have passed all academic and operation standards. The officers will then be confirmed to the rank of constable.

Of the probationary constables attesting today, 237 were born in Australia and 20 were born overseas. Their countries of origin include Wales, Afghanistan, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Lebanon, India, Russia, Zimbabwe, Fiji, South Korea and Iraq.

The recruits age statistics include:

  • 36 are aged 19-20
  • 136 are aged 21-25
  • 66 are aged 26-30
  • 11 are aged 31-35
  • Six are aged 36-40
  • Two are aged 40+