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The safety and security of regional communities remains the NSW Nationals in Government’s highest priority, with newly-graduated police officers set to arrive on the beat shortly.

NSW Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis congratulated the new recruits, who had undertaken more than eight months of world-class training.

“We’re in safer hands with more officers joining the ranks today,” Mr Gulaptis said. “I’m proud to welcome these men and women and wish them every success in their policing careers. Being sworn in as a police officer is a great honour and I commend these new recruits for making the brave decision to put the community’s safety ahead of their own.”

NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh joined Mr Gulaptis in welcoming the new probationary constables.

“Our hard working cops are already contributing to the lowest NSW crime rates in 20 years and this boost proves we are getting our fair share,” Mr Singh said.

The Nationals in Government are investing $583 million in 1500 extra officers over the next four years, the biggest increase in three decades. This includes an extra 18 Rural Crime Investigators to be deployed across regional NSW to target country crime including stock theft, illegal hunting, stealing, and trespass and firearms offences.

A total of 269 students attested in front of family, friends and other dignitaries at Goulburn, including 177 men and 92 women. Twenty-nine recruits were born overseas in countries including Iraq, Croatia and Wales.

Nineteen of the new recruits are from an Indigenous background, including five who have come through the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) Program to boost Aboriginal Australians in the NSW Police Force.

Thirty-four new police are heading to the Western Region, twelve to the Northern Rivers, eleven to the Riverina, six to Coffs Harbour, five to the Mid-North Coast, and four to the Myall Lakes and Upper Hunter.