1 November 2023

Police officer injured during training exercise in Goulburn

| Claire Fenwicke
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A police officer was taken to hospital after an incident in Goulburn. Photo: File.

A critical incident investigation is underway after a police officer was struck by a ‘flashbang’ at a Goulburn training facility.

The Tactical Operations Regional Support Unit officer had been taking part in a training exercise at about 1:30 pm on Tuesday (31 October) when the incident occurred.

A statement from NSW Police said the officer was taken to Goulburn Base Hospital to treat a “significant” leg injury.

All circumstances surrounding the incident will now be investigated, which will also be subject to an independent review.

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It comes just a day after the NSW Government announced recruits will be paid to train to become police officers.

Student police officers at the Goulburn Police Academy will be paid about $30,000 during the 16-week study period, commencing March 2024.

Police Association NSW president Kevin Morton said this was a “historic win” for police recruitment.

“Recruit pay is a hugely important strategy to attract enough police to meet the ever-increasing workload you are all managing to perform each day,” he said.

“This is needed to fix the vacancy and workload challenges. We can’t resolve those if we don’t have the boots on the ground.

“You shouldn’t have to choose between paying a mortgage and supporting a young family or joining our job.”

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