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Police Force swears-in 200 officers and eight police dogs

Friday, 24 June 2022 09:04:07 AM

EDITORS NOTE: Vision of the ceremony will be made available later today.

Eight police dogs and their handlers will graduate alongside 200 new probationary constables at today’s Police Attestation ceremony in Goulburn.

Acting Police Commissioner David Hudson will swear-in the 200 new probationary constables, four detection police dogs and four general purpose police dogs who will be accompanied by their instructors.

The police dogs completed the NSW Police Detection and General Purpose Novice Courses in 2019 and 2021, but have not been able to graduate until now due to COVID restrictions.

The 200 probationary constables will be deployed to police stations across the state from next week (Monday 27 June 2022) where they will complete 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 Police Force and the community.

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

In 2019 the NSW Government announced a record investment in police, with an additional 1500 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,” Acting Commissioner Hudson said.

“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,” Acting AC Lindsay said. “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.”


FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT CLASS 353

A total of 200 recruits are being sworn in today. The class comprises 134 men and 66 women.

In addition, four detection police dogs and four general purpose police dogs will graduate alongside their handlers.

The students will attest with the rank of probationary constable. Recruits will report to their stations for work from Monday 27 June 2022.

They will then complete 12 months' on-the-job training and study by distance education with Charles Sturt University. They officially graduate with an Associate Degree in Policing Practice once they have passed all academic and operation standards. The officers will then be confirmed to the rank of constable.

Of the probationary constables attesting today, 169 were born in Australia and 31 were born overseas. Their countries of origin include India, England, Iraq, Belgium, New Zealand, China and South Africa.

Four recruits are indigenous, with one joining through the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.

Class 353 comprises:
• 18-20 – 38
• 21-25 – 100
• 26-30 – 36
• 31-35 – 15
• 36-40 – 5
• Over 40 – 6


OFFICER ALLOCATIONS BY POLICE AREA COMMAND AND POLICE DISTRICT

CENTRAL METROPOLITAN REGION – 48
Eastern Beaches PAC – 5
Eastern Suburbs PAC – 3
Inner West PAC – 6
Kings Cross PAC – 5
Leichhardt PAC – 4
South Sydney PAC – 8
St George PAC – 3
Surry Hills PAC – 4
Sutherland Shire PAC – 2
Sydney City PAC – 8

NORTH WEST METROPOLITAN REGION – 40
Blacktown PAC – 4
Blue Mountains PAC – 3
Hawkesbury PAC – 2
Kuring Gai PAC – 3
Mt Druitt PAC – 4
Nepean PAC – 3
North Shore PAC – 5
Northern Beaches PAC – 6
Parramatta PAC – 4
Ryde PAC – 4
The Hills PAC – 2

SOUTH WEST METROPOLITAN REGION – 39
Auburn PAC – 6
Bankstown PAC – 3
Burwood PAC – 7
Camden PAC – 2
Campbelltown City PAC – 5
Campsie PAC – 3
Cumberland PAC – 4
Fairfield City PAC – 5
Liverpool City PAC – 4

NORTHERN REGION – 26
Brisbane Water PD – 5
Coffs/Clarence PD – 3
Hunter Valley PD – 3
Lake Macquarie PD – 2
Manning/Great Lakes PD – 2
Mid North Coast PD – 4
Port Stephens-Hunter PD – 1
Richmond PD – 4
Tuggerah Lakes PD – 2

SOUTHERN REGION – 25
Lake Illawarra PD – 2
Monaro PD – 3
Murray River PD – 3
Murrumbidgee PD – 5
Riverina PD – 4
South Coast PD – 5
Wollongong PD – 3

WESTERN REGION – 22
Barrier PD – 2
Central West PD – 4
Chifley PD – 4
New England PD – 4
Orana Mid-Western PD – 3
Oxley PD – 5

TOTAL ALLOCATIONS – 200

For interviews with recruits going to specific areas, please contact the relevant Police Area Command or Police District on Monday 27 June 2022.