89 Graduate at Oxley Police Academy

Acting Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Mark Furner

89 new recruits have today been inducted into the Queensland Police Service as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to deliver better services to Queensland.

Over the last six months, the graduates from the Oxley QPS Academy have undertaken specialist domestic violence training, and risk and trauma management, while also participating in units with a specific awareness on cultural complexities.

The graduates will now partake in the First Year Constable training program where they will hone their skills under the guidance of experienced officers.

Acting Police Minister Mark Furner congratulated the graduates on their achievements, wishing them well in their career.

“Congratulations to each of you today embarking on your new career,” Minister Furner said.

“As you move into the First Year Constable program, I urge you to soak up every moment of the experience, learn from those around you and immerse yourself in the community.

“The Palaszczuk Government will always invest in our police and back the frontline, and that’s why we’ve committed a record $3 billion police budget, and boosted funding for 2,025 new police personell, to be delivered by 2025.

“These recruits will be supported with the very best equipment on the market, with the Palaszczuk Government funding new integrated load bearing vests, 25 new Mobile Police Beats, and state-of-the-art body-worn cameras with live-stream capabilities to be rolled out throughout the Service.”

Commissioner Katarina Carroll welcomed the graduates to the Queensland Police Service, sharing her excitement with them.

“This is an extremely special occasion for you and your families, one that you will never forget, I’m excited to be able to share this day with you.” she said.

“Today marks your first day as a Queensland Police Service Constable, and on behalf of the other 15,000 members, I’d like to welcome you to our blue family.

“Being a Police Officer is no easy task, you will face many challenges and you will experience many hardships.

“But when facing these challenges, you will be rewarded, you will feel great satisfaction when you are there for people in need, and the relationships you build will last a lifetime.”

The newest members of the QPS bring a diverse range of knowledge and lived-experience from previous careers, including in the hospitality, construction and education industries.

Graduating recruit Charlie Dicello said he joined the Service to bring impactful change to local communities.

“I was working alongside the QPS as a Youth Support Worker when I realised I had a passion for helping young people make better choices,” he said.

Stationed to Cairns, Charlie is looking forward to developing his skills in a unique Queensland community.

“While I am looking forward to learning the role of a General Duties Officer, I am excited by the prospect of joining Water Police. That would be a dream come true.

“I want to be a police officer that changes people’s lives for the better and leaves a lasting impression for those going through some of their toughest times.”

This intake of First Year Constables will be deployed throughout Queensland in the following stations:

BRISBANE REGION North Brisbane District Fortitude Valley Station 2 Brisbane City Station 2 Ferny Grove Station 2 Albany Creek Station 1 Boondall Station 1 Indooroopilly Station 1 South Brisbane District Inala Station 1 Moorooka Station 1 Holland Park Station 1 Acacia Ridge Station 1 Cleveland Station 1 Sherwood Station 1 Capalaba Station 1

CENTRAL REGION Capricornia District Gladstone Station 2 Biloela Station 1 Blackwater Station 1 Rockhampton Station 5 Yeppoon Station 1

Mackay District Mackay Station 2 Bowen Station 1 Whitsunday Station 1

FAR NORTHERN REGION Far North District Cairns Station 8 Smithfield Station 2 Edmonton Station 1

NORTH COAST REGION Moreton District Burpengary Station 1 Redcliffe Station 1 Deception Bay Station 2 Petrie Station 3 Bribie Island Station 1 Mango Hill North Lakes Station 1

Wide Bay Burnett District Maryborough Station 1 Hervey Bay Station 1

NORTHERN REGION Townsville District Townsville Station 3 Ayr Station 2 Kirwan Station 2 Stuart Station 1 Deeragun Station 1 Charters Towers Station 1 Mundingburra Station 1

Mt Isa District Mt Isa Station 2 Cloncurry Station 1

SOUTH EASTERN REGION Logan District Crestmead Station 2 Jimboomba Station 1 Logan Central Station 2 Browns Plains Station 2 Loganholme Station 1 Logan 1

Gold Coast District Broadbeach Station 2 Nerang Station 2 Surfers Paradise Station 1 Pimpama Station 1

SOUTHERN REGION Ipswich District Ipswich Station 1

South West District Roma Station 1 Charleville Station 1 Dalby Station 1

Darling Downs District Toowoomba Station 1 Murgon Station 3

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