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Hunter policing numbers receive a boost

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The local constabulary ranks will increase by seven after Class 359 was attested at the Goulburn Police Academy this week.

In the Northern Region, Newcastle City Police District (PD) is set to welcome three rookies, with Hunter Valley PD picking up two.

Lake Macquarie PD and Port Stephens-Hunter PD each secured a new probationary constable.

Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism, and Minister for the Hunter, Yasmin Catley joined NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb APM at Friday’s ceremony.

The latest recruits to the Force will be deployed to stations across the region from Monday 21 August, where they’ll complete their first year of on-the-job training.

“[Graduation] marks the start of a rich and rewarding career in policing,” said Ms Catley, the Swansea MP.

“Next week, these probationary constables will start work at their new home stations.

“This is a momentous step and it’s one that’ll see them develop new skills, learn from experienced officers, and gain invaluable frontline experience.

“It is an absolute privilege to welcome the 159 officers to the NSW Police Force.

“You have put in the work and are now part of the police family, united by your drive to make a difference to communities right across the state.”

Commissioner Webb thanked the newcomers for protecting the state.

“Every person who chooses a career in policing is making a commitment to the people of NSW,” she said.

“They are putting the needs of the community first and keeping them safe.

“The NSW Police Force is honoured to have these 159 recruits join our ranks, as leaders of the future who will learn from their colleagues and mentors.

“This is such a significant occasion for not only the officers, but their friends and family who have been on this journey with them.

“Congratulations to Class 359, I wish you all the best and hope you all have a long and fulfilling career with the NSW Police Force.”

Of the 159 recruits, 113 are men and 46 are women.

Eight recruits also received awards for outstanding academic, physical, marksmanship and practical policing achievements.

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