Eight new probationary constables will hit the beat in the Hunter following the NSW Police Force’s “Classes of 2020” Attestation Parade at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.
While the organisation welcomed a total of 189 to its ranks on Friday 4 December, from Class 344, 23 are expected to join the Northern Region.
Of that number, three will be assigned to the Hunter Valley and Port-Stephens Hunter districts respectively, with Newcastle City PD picking up another two newcomers.
The unique event also celebrated the achievements of the 1000 recruits, who attested as police officers during the course of 2020.
Attesting Class 344 was joined on the parade ground by more than 800 probationary constables from Classes 340, 341, 342 and 343.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these young men and women were certified at the NSW Police Academy at Goulburn this year at restricted ceremonies without family and friends.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Police Force, alongside our other emergency services, had played a pivotal role in protecting our state.
“Every member of the NSW Police Force deserves our greatest thanks after a year that saw police play an unprecedented role in keeping our community safe,” she explained.
“On behalf of the state, congratulations to our newest recruits and thank you to our police officers and emergency service workers for their incredible effort over 2020.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott welcomed the new recruits, too.
He added the NSW Government was committed to supporting them throughout their careers.
“Our police cadets have faced exceptional challenges this year, but they have shown they can overcome difficult circumstances to complete their training, and they will now use the same resilience to push them forward in their new careers,” Mr Elliott said.
“Police put their lives on the line every day to protect our community and I thank and congratulate each and every one of these officers for choosing to join the Force, I wish them all a long and successful career.”
Commissioner Mick Fuller said COVID-19 restrictions prevented the 2020 attesting classes from experiencing a full parade like all other police recruits that passed before them.
“I know from personal experience that my attestation was a very proud moment in my professional policing career,” he stated.
“It has been a challenging year for the state of NSW and police have taken on an extraordinary role in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic threat, alongside the other critical issues we have faced this year.
“The 2020 recruits have undertaken their studies during COVID restrictions and, this too, has presented some distinctive challenges. I feel confident they’ve got what it takes to face any emerging issues ahead.”