Twenty five newly-graduated police officers will soon join ACT Policing to help keep Canberra safe as our city grows.
Following 24 weeks of intensive and specialised training, 16 men and nine women will be deployed across our five police stations in the ACT.
I was honoured to join the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, Commissioner Andrew Colvin APM OAM, Chief Police Officer ACT Ray Johnson APM and other distinguished guests at the graduation ceremony this morning.
The new recruits come from a variety of age groups, 20-41 years-old, with a wide range of educational and vocational backgrounds.
The officers join ACT Policing with diverse life, work and cultural experience. Nine are already Canberrans and we welcome the other 16 who are moving to the ACT for their policing career.
The new officers will now receive specific ACT Policing training before taking up their stations, including time with Traffic Operations to gain a solid grounding in traffic matters.
A further class of 20 Protective Service Officers in a Transition to Policing course will join ACT Policing later this year, joining today’s graduating class and 87 first year officers already in ACT Policing.
I thank all of our new and existing officers for choosing a career in policing – you play an incredibly important role in making the ACT a safe place to live.