The NSW Police Force welcomed 194 new probationary constables at the NSW Police Academy today (Friday 26 February 2021) at the first full ceremony since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While crowd numbers are still limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, family members watched on as Class 345 attested in Goulburn in a ceremony that once again feature the Police Band, Pipe Band, Mounted Unit and VIP cycles.
Class 345 includes 139 men and 55 women who will undertake a year of 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.
The return to a full ceremony after last year’s events were disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions was welcomed by Mr Elliott, who congratulated the recruits in Goulburn.
“Over the course of last year, we have seen first-hand the crucial role our police officers play in protecting the community and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their efforts,” Mr Elliott said.
“I am pleased to welcome the latest recruits and offer my assurance that they have the full support of the NSW Government as they commence their law enforcement careers today. They should be proud to be choosing a career in law enforcement where they can serve the community and keep NSW safe.”
“These recruits will join a NSW Police Force that has been strengthened by investment from the NSW Government, including the delivery of 1500 additional officers over four years and the commitment to a $60 million upgrade to Goulburn Police Academy.”
Commissioner Mick Fuller said the latest intake of probationary constables will hit the ground running.
“I welcome Class 345, and their families and friends who have been able to join us here today,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“I know from experience that this is a very significant moment in every officer’s career.
“As our newest police officers start at their new commands on Monday, they can be assured that this is the start of a memorable and rewarding career in law enforcement.”
The commander of Education and Training Command, Assistant Commissioner Peter Barrie congratulated the new recruits.
“It is tremendous to host an attestation with invited guests whilst still observing COVID safe protocols,” Assistant Commissioner Barrie said.
“All new recruits deserve to be welcomed to the Force with a full attestation ceremony, and I am so pleased that we have been able to allow Class 345 to invite family and friends today.
“I know this group is keen to commence duties, so I wish them all the best and hope they have a successful and fulfilling career with the NSW Police Force.”
Sergeant Geoff Kendall from Coffs Clarence Police District received the Commissioner’s Valour Award for conspicuous merit and exceptional bravery in the line of duty for actions in Penrith.
The then Detective Senior Constable Kendall was recognised for rescuing an elderly man from a burning house when he was off duty on Saturday 29 March 2014.
Commissioner Fuller said the Valour Award is the highest commendation he can bestow on officers for acts of bravery.
“Today’s Valour Award recognises the incredible courage and selflessness displayed by Sergeant Kendell when faced with extraordinary circumstances,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“We are glad we can finally present this award to Sergeant Kendell today and commend him for putting his life on the line.”
FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT CLASS 345
A total of 194 recruits are being sworn in today.
The class comprises 139 men and 55 women.
The students will attest with the rank of probationary constable. Recruits will report to their stations for work from next Monday 1 March 2021.
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, 171 were born in Australia and 23 were born overseas. Their countries of origin include New Zealand, United Kingdom, China, South Africa and India.
Three recruits are indigenous, with one recruit joining through the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.
Class 345 comprises:
• 18-20 – 22
• 21-25 – 97
• 26-30 – 40
• 31-35 – 18
• 36-40 – 11
• Over 40 – 6