New recruits hit the streets
One of the many highlights of my job is being able to welcome new officers to the NSW Police Force when they graduate from the Police Academy in Goulburn.
Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming another 208 new recruits, who started work on Monday to protect and serve our communities.
Having spent 22 years in the force myself, I know first-hand how rewarding and challenging the path these officers are now embarking on can be.
Our new recruits have been allocated to Local Area Commands across the state, including seven to the Orana (Dubbo) LAC, five each to the Griffith and Oxley (Tamworth) LACs, four to the Barwon (Moree) LAC, and three to the Barrier (Broken Hill) LAC, among dozens of others, including Cootamundra, New England and The Hume LACs.
These new officers continue to build on the great progress that has been made by the Nationals and Liberals in government to boost police numbers right across the state.
Prior to the last election, we committed to increasing the authorised strength of the police force from 16,485 to a record 16,795, and we are well and truly on track to deliver that.
Our police force currently has a record authorised strength of 16,692 officers, and the new officers who graduated on Friday bring to 3,629 the number of new officers who have joined the force since we came to government in 2011.