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Police boost as new recruits head to Hunter Valley

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Policing numbers in the region are set to get a boost, with a total of six recruits headed this way.

Eight police dogs and their handlers graduated alongside 200 new probationary constables at Friday’s attestation ceremony in Goulburn.

As a result, three rookies are bound for the Hunter Valley Police District, with Lake Macquarie PD picking up two and Port Stephens-Hunter PD one newcomer.

Nearby Tuggerah Lakes PD is expected to garner a further two as well.

The latest batch of officers will be sent to stations across the state from next week (Monday 27 June) where they’ll their year of on-the-job training.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said every attestation ceremony was a significant occasion for the NSW Police Force and the community.

“I congratulate our newest probationary constables, who will be deployed to areas where they are needed the most,” he explained.

In 2019 the NSW Government announced a record investment in police, with an additional 1,500 officers over four years and committed $60 million to upgrade the Goulburn Police Academy.

“We are proud to offer our continued support to the NSW Police Force to ensure it has the very best people, training facilities, and technology to keep our communities safe,” Mr Toole said.

Acting Police Commissioner David Hudson said the ceremony was an important opportunity to recognise the commitment of Class 353, as well as their families and friends.

“Behind every police officer and every probationary constable is a family and a network that plays a critical role in supporting our people,” he stated.

“It’s more important than ever that we ensure our police have our utmost support so that they can enjoy long and successful careers.

“It’s also a unique and special occasion when we see new police dogs enter the Force.

“The value police dogs bring to policing – including criminal investigations and critical incident response – is significant and should be recognised.”

Acting Assistant Commissioner Toby Lindsay said a career in policing was exciting and rewarding.

“As a probationary constable engaged in general duties policing, you can expect to be working with and helping the community,” he added.

“You will also undertake a wide range of investigations including motor vehicle accidents, stealing offense, assaults and more.

“In addition to general duties policing, there are more than 100 specialist roles in support of our frontline police and community.”

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