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Probationary Constables headed for the Hunter and Port Stephens

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The Hunter and Port Stephens police districts will add several probationary constables to their ranks from Monday.

Due to COVID-19, the recruits attended a private attestation ceremony in Goulburn today.

The Hunter Valley Police District will see two new additions, while Port Stephens will have an extra three on the beat.

Class 341 includes 117 men and 42 women who will undertake 12 months on-the-job training and complete the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.

Commissioner Mick Fuller was pleased to welcome the latest intake of probationary constables.

“I wish I could welcome Class 341 to the force with a full attestation ceremony in front of their family and friends,” he said.

“Importantly, they will each be able to take their oath of office, which is one of the most important moments in every officer’s career.

“All 159 men and women who attest today are a welcome addition to the Force. They will take their positions at the Police Area Commands and Police Districts as of next week and will play a significant part in driving down crime and ensuring communities are kept safe,” Commissioner Fuller said.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott MP, wished the recruits well as they embark upon their chosen career in policing.

 “These recruits join the strong police family of more than 17,000 officers at a significant time as the state continues to face a global pandemic,” Elliott said.

“I wish every single recruit my best wishes as they take their oath to proudly serve the community in what will be a rewarding, yet challenging, career. We owe each of them the greatest amount of respect and gratitude for their commitment to put themselves in harms way to keep us safe.”

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