Bathurst MP Paul Toole today joined the Commander of the Chifley Police District, Supt Paul McDonald, to welcome four new Probationary Constables to the region.
The new recruits will be based out of the Chifley Police District and were the stars at a special morning tea to mark this important occasion.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the safety and security of the community continues to be the NSW Government’s highest priority, with the four new local police officers hitting the beat following an attestation ceremony in Goulburn last week.
A total of 269 students attested in front of family, friends and other dignitaries, including 177 men and 92 women. Twenty-nine recruits were born overseas in countries including Iraq, Croatia and Wales.
Nineteen of the new recruits are from an Indigenous background, including five who have come through the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) Program to boost Aboriginal Australians in the NSW Police Force.
Mr Toole said the State would be a safer place with the new recruits assigned to Police Districts across NSW, including Bathurst.
NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller said the attestation was an important milestone for recruits.
“Last week’s ceremony was a day for celebration. Our newest recruits worked extremely hard to be standing on the parade ground,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“This week they are discovering the great sense of pride and responsibility that comes from donning the blue uniform. I welcome them to the NSW Police Force.”
Bathurst MP Paul Toole congratulated the four new local recruits on attesting from the academy after more than eight months of world-class training.
“The local community is in safer hands with more officers joining the ranks today,” Mr Toole said.
“I am proud to welcome them to Bathurst and wish them every success in their policing careers. Being sworn in as a police officer is a great honour and I commend these new recruits for making the brave decision to put the community’s safety ahead of their own.
“The NSW Government is investing $583 million in 1500 extra officers over the next four years, the biggest increase in three decades.
“This includes an extra 18 Rural Crime Investigators to be deployed across regional NSW to target country crime including stock theft, illegal hunting, stealing, trespass and firearms offences.”