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Hunter welcomes 11 rookies on police beat

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The Hunter region will welcome 11 rookies on the beat after the NSW Police Force’s first class of 2023 graduated at Goulburn.

While 44 probationary constables are expected to head to the Northern Region, Newcastle City Police District (PD) will greet four from Monday 1 May.

Lake Macquarie PD secured a further three newcomers to the fold, with Hunter Valley PD and Port Stephens-Hunter PD each receiving two.

Swansea MP and NSW Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism Yasmin Catley meets the recruits at Goulburn. Photo: NSW Police Force

Swansea MP and NSW Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism Yasmin Catley said the recruits would start their inaugural year of on-the-job training from next week.

“Congratulations on being sworn in as the newest members of our police family; the enthusiasm, drive and commitment you will bring will be a great asset for many years to come,” she stated.

“There’s no escaping the reality that policing can be challenging.

“It is a role like no other and you are entrusted with great powers and responsibilities.

“But, with the right support to guide you, I look forward to seeing you all develop and thrive.

“To be an NSW Police officer takes great courage, resilience and compassion.

“However, it is also an important and satisfying job.

“As Police Minister, I pay tribute to the hard work and dedication you have shown to get to this point.”

While many recruits are Australian-born, this year the graduating cohort is also made up of students from diverse backgrounds including India, Iraq, Nepal, Egypt and Argentina.

Of the 221 rookies, 158 are men and 63 are women.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb APM admitted each of the attesting constables would have an integral part to play in keeping the NSW community safe.

“While today marks the end of one chapter in their policing journey, it also represents the beginning of another,” she said.

“One in which they will experience the great challenges and rewards of serving the community.

“Throughout their careers, I encourage all the attesting probationary constables to seize every opportunity, never stop learning, and to take pride in the uniform you wear every day.”

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