Over 200 probationary constables are settling into their first week on the job with NSW Police, following their “graduation” from the Police Academy at Goulburn.
‘Class 333’ includes 164 policemen and 70 policewomen who will now 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 APM, and the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) inspected the new recruits on the Academy parade ground last Friday, with NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, cheering on.
Commissioner Fuller said the recruits have worked hard, both physically and academically, to reach the milestone.
“These recruits will be tested with new challenges every day but they will also experience the reward of serving the community as a police officer,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“They will be stationed right across the state where they will spend the next 12 months learning what it truly means to wear the two-blues uniform.”
The grand ceremony also recognised retiring officers Assistant Commissioner John Hartley and Chief Inspector Kelvin McKneight who were farewelled after nearly eight decades of combined service with the NSW Police Force.
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Of the probationary constables starting work this week, seven identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background, while 21 others were born overseas.
Their countries of origin include Wales, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Colombia, Sweden, United States of America, Austria, Serbia and Pakistan.
There are also students in ‘Class 333’ who speak a language other than English, including Korean, Spanish, Cantonese, German, Vietnamese, Turkish and Mandarin.
Of the 234 recruits, age statistics include:
• 16 are 19-20
• 122 are aged 21-25
• 68 are aged 26-30
• 13 are aged 31-35
• Seven are aged 36-40
• Eight are aged 40+
Eight probationary constables from Class 333 have been assigned to the Southern Region Police Command, with one officer stationed in the Monaro Police District, three in Murrumbidgee, three in Riverina, and one in the South Coast Police District.
*This article first appeared on RiotACT