11 October 2020

NSW Police welcomes 192 new recruits at 'restricted' ceremony in Goulburn

| Hannah Sparks
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Attestation Class 343

Attestation Class 343. Photo: NSW Police Force.

NSW Police welcomed 192 new probationary constables during a quieter than usual attestation ceremony at the NSW Police Force Academy in Goulburn on Friday, 9 October.

Due to COVID-19, no members of the public or media were able to attend as the new probationary constables were sworn in.

The class, which comprised 130 men and 62 women, were socially distanced and there wasn’t a parade.

Education and training commander Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie congratulated the new recruits on completing their training at the Goulburn academy during COVID-19 restrictions.

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“I have been impressed by the perseverance of Class 343 who have been required to adapt and learn in challenging circumstances,” said Assistant Commissioner Barrie.

“Unfortunately, we cannot acknowledge these efforts with a full attestation ceremony because of COVID-19 restrictions, but this does not diminish the achievements of these officers.”

The new recruits will report to their stations for work from today (Monday, 12 October). The Monaro and Hume police districts will each welcome two of the new officers, while the South Coast Police District will welcome one.

The men and women will undertake 12 months of on-the-job training and will also complete the Associate Degree in Policing Practice with Charles Sturt University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.

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NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined Police Commissioner Michael Fuller to welcome the new recruits to the force.

“I congratulate each of our newly attested police officers as they commence active duty at police stations across the state,” said Mr Elliott.

“During the floods, fires and now the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline police officers have taken on an unprecedented role in protecting the community.”

The previous attestation ceremony at the academy in June welcomed 159 new probationary constables.

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