Two new first year police constables are heading to the Redlands after they were sworn in to the Queensland Police Service in a graduation ceremony at the QPS Oxley Academy yesterday. On behalf of the community, I’m proud to welcome the new First Year Constables (FYC) who have completed 25 weeks of intensive training.

The QPS training program has given these recruits all the skills necessary for them to deliver an excellent service to our community, as they begin their careers as First Year Constables under supervision. They will be at the forefront of creating a safe environment for our residents and visitors, working together with local organisations and groups to maintain the community and lifestyle we all value so much.

The Palaszczuk Government is committed to keeping all Queenslanders safe and these new police officers are part of our strategy to boost police numbers and resources.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said the Palaszczuk Government had added more than 300 officers since 2015 and will recruit another 535 new police personnel over the next four years to bring the total Queensland Police Service to more than 12,000 full-time equivalent officers.

“We are determined to boost resources in key areas of policing such as counter-terrorism, serious organised crime, domestic violence and community safety,” Minister Ryan said.

“We have also provided record funding to ensure our hardworking officers have more body-worn cameras, QLiTE tablets and better pay and conditions.”

Commissioner Stewart congratulated the FYCs on their graduation and announced that they would commence their careers in the Brisbane, Central, Southern and South Eastern regions.

“These allocations are based on the resources, needs and requirements of the Service,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“The role of a police officer is like no other – responsible for the safety and security of Queensland. There is no doubt that each of these new officers will experience some challenging situations, however there will also be many rewarding and humbling times.”

“I wish luck to every officer in their career and feel confident that they will uphold the QPS standards of excellence and service.”

Media release and image supplied by Kim Richards.

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