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Hunter welcomes latest batch of police recruits to local beat

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Six new probationary constables are headed to the region this week following the latest NSW Police Force Attestation ceremony.

The latest recruits have completed eight months of study at the academy, at Goulburn, and will start their year of on-the-job training from Monday 17 October.

The Northern Region secured 19 rookies in total, with Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens-Hunter police districts snaring two each.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin hailed the arrival of the officers.

“I am pleased to be able to welcome our newest members of the force who are beginning their career in the Hunter,” Mr Martin said.

“For these probationary constables, Monday will mark day one of a challenging and rewarding career keeping our communities safe.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said the recruits would bolster policing capabilities right across the state.

“As the probationary Class of 355 hit the ground running, they have the full support of our government behind them,” he explained.

“They are to be commended for pursuing a career in policing where they will make a real difference while protecting and serving our communities.”

In 2019 the NSW Government announced the delivery of 1,500 additional police positions over four years and committed $60 million to upgrade the Goulburn Police Academy.

One of the organisation’s largest social media marketing campaigns, You Should Be a Cop, launched this year and has already made a significant impact to the recruitment drive.

Spanning Google, Meta, TikTok, LinkedIn, Youtube and Weibo, more than 10 million impressions were achieved, leading to over 165,000 clicks though to the NSWPF recruitment website, with hundreds of applications in the pipeline as a result.

Acting Police Commissioner Mal Lanyon said the probationary constables represented the future of the force.

“The students have worked hard to get here – both academically and physically – and have proved their capability to take on the tasks involved in the job ahead,” he added.

“Each day can be both rewarding and challenging but I look forward to seeing the inspiring things these officers will achieve throughout their careers.”

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