Shoalhaven News

Extra police officers heading to the South Coast

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Five new police officers are heading to the South Coast command after graduating from Goulburn's  Police Academy today.

There are also three heading to Wollongong, and two to Lake Illawarra.

The Probationary Constables are among 200 completing their training at the academy, before heading to stations across the state for an extra year of training on the job.

Deputy Premier and Police Minister Paul Toole  congratulated the new probationary constables, saying they will be deployed to areas where they are needed the most.

He said every attestation ceremony was a significant occasion for the Police Force and the community.

“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.”

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