Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant this morning joined NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione to welcome 109 men and women who were sworn in as probationary constables.
“It has been 26 years and three days since I walked off the parade ground at Goulburn and I couldn’t be more proud to stand before these officers today.
“The 109 men and women who attested today will be allocated to Local Area Commands across the state from Monday, joining almost 3,000 officers who have passed through the academy since 2011.
“Today marks the end of months of hard work and study and the start of their policing careers.
“The 65 male and 44 female recruits come from all walks of life including 11 born overseas, three students from Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander background and they range in age from 21 to 47.
Five officers who displayed selfless courage in the line of duty have also been honoured today with Valour awards for exceptional bravery.
“Police officers often face some of the most challenging and dangerous situations and to be given this award is of the highest honours they can receive.
“These officers have displayed exceptional bravery and selflessness for the protection of others and on behalf of the NSW community, I thank them for their actions.
“The Liberals & Nationals Government continues to increase police numbers and provide police with the powers they need to keep the community safe,” Mr Grant said.