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Hunter policing stocks rise by seven as rookies join Force

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Hunter policing stocks have risen by seven following the latest attestation ceremony at the NSW Police Academy in Goulburn.

One-hundred and fifty-eight probationary constables were welcomed into the Force by Commissioner Karen Webb APM and Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism Yasmin Catley on Friday 1 March.

The recruits will be deployed to stations across the state this week, where they will complete their first year of on-the-job training.

While the Northern Region secured 20 rookies overall, four are heading to the Lake Macquarie Police District, with Hunter Valley, Newcastle City and Port Stephens-Hunter commands snaring one each.

Ms Catley, who is also the Swansea MP, wished each member of Class 361 a “rich and rewarding career with the NSW Police Force”.

“Congratulations to all 158 attesting officers for their hard work and commitment,” she said.

“A career in policing is like no other.

“These new recruits show a steadfast determination to serve and protect communities right across the state.

“The NSW Government backs our police 100%.

“We are committed to getting more boots on the ground and supporting the hardworking officers already on the beat.

“That’s why we’re paying recruits to study.”

Commissioner Webb said the attestation services were an important milestone in the lives of the new officers.

“All 158 recruits, who graduated, are embarking on an extraordinary journey and career,” she explained.

“Policing is a job where we all have the chance to make a difference to the community we’ve been entrusted to serve and protect.

“These probationary constables are joining a strong, honourable and committed police force.”

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