The NSW Nationals in Government have welcomed an increase in police across the regions, with new Probationary Constables joining the ranks.

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke welcomed the announcement recruits from Class 340 would soon be on local beats, as part of a $583 million investment over four years.

“This is a huge boost for the regions, these new recruits mean more boots on the ground, particularly in uncertain times,” Ms Cooke said.

“This is one of the largest intakes of new recruits into my own electorate at one time, I am so proud to welcome these men and women to our beautiful part of NSW and wish them every success in their policing careers.”

Ms Cooke said two recruits will be based in Young, with West Wyalong and Narrandera receiving one new officer each.

The 263 new recruits to the NSW Police Force were sworn in as probationary constables at Goulburn during a private attestation ceremony.

Class 340 includes 177 men and 86 women. Some recruits entered the NSW Police Academy straight from school or university, while others left established professional careers and trades.

The recruits have completed eight months of foundational training.

Thirty-one recruits were born overseas in countries including Italy, Afghanistan, USA, Thailand and Lebanon. Five recruits are Indigenous with two coming through the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.