The NSW Police Force will welcome 269 new probationary constables to its ranks at the Police Academy in Goulburn today (Friday 23 August 2019).
‘Class 338’ includes 177 policemen and 92 policewomen who will complete 12 months on-the-job training and study of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice by distance education with Charles Sturt University before being confirmed to the rank of constable.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM will be joined Minister for Police and Emergency Services, The Honourable David Elliott MP, to inspect the new recruits on the parade ground.
Commissioner Fuller today welcomed more than 265 new recruits into the policing family.
“These new probationary constables will join their Commands on Monday, after months of training away from their homes and families,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“I have no doubt that every day will prove both challenging and rewarding for these recruits as they begin their career as police officers.
“They will be stationed right across the state where they will spend the next 12 months learning what it truly means to wear the two-blues uniform,” Commissioner Fuller said.
The ceremony will also see retiring officers Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins APM, Detective Superintendent Mark Wright APM, Superintendent Greg Peters, Detective Chief Inspector Robert Adam and Chief Inspector David Kay farewelled after 185 years combined service with the NSW Police Force.
RETIRING OFFICERS BIO
Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins APM
38 years of distinguished service
Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins joined the NSW Police Force in 1981 and was appointed to No. 32 Division as a Probationary Constable.
Over the next few years, Assistant Commissioner Jenkins worked in general duties and investigations at Auburn, Parramatta, and Merrylands Police Stations. In 1986, he was designated as a detective at Penrith Juvenile Crime, and later the North West Regional Crime Squad, where he was promoted to Sergeant.
In 1999, Assistant Commissioner Jenkins was appointed to the rank of Inspector as a Duty Officer at St Marys Police Station, until March 2000, when he took up the appointment as Crime Manager for Holroyd Local Area Command.
Two years later, he was promoted to Superintendent as the Commander of Macquarie Fields. Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins also served as the Commander at Counter Terrorism, Blacktown Local Area Command and Human Resources Command.
In July 2010, Assistant Commissioner Jenkins attained the rank of Assistant Commissioner and went on to oversee the Human Resources Command, State Crime Command, and was the inaugural Commander for the State Intelligence Command.
During his distinguished service, Assistant Commissioner Jenkins was awarded the Australian Police Medal, National Police Service Medal, National Medal and clasps, Commissioner’s Commendation for Service (x3), Commissioner’s Commendation for Community Service, Commissioner’s Unit Citation (x3), NSW Police Medal and clasps, the Sesquicentenary (150th) Citation and the Commissioners Safety Award.
Detective Superintendent Mark Wright APM
38 years of distinguished service
Detective Superintendent Mark Wright joined the NSW Police Force in 1981. During his early service, he performed general duties and criminal investigation duties at various police stations in the metropolitan area before specialising in covert policing.
In 1999, Detective Superintendent Wright was promoted to the rank of Detective Inspector at the State Surveillance Branch. Four years later, he promoted to the rank of Superintendent as the Commander of the Special Crime Unit. He was later appointed to the position of Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commissioner of Specialist Operations.
Detective Superintendent Wright served as Commander of Quakers Hill Local Area Command and Blacktown Local Area Command, before commencing duties in his current role as Commander of NSW Police College, Education and Training in January 2014.
Detective Superintendent Wright is a white ribbon ambassador and has strong connections with the local communities in which he served. In 2010, he was awarded a Humanitarian Award by the Refugee Council of Australia and in 2012, was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary (International). In 2012, he was awarded the Leadership Award for Individual Excellence by the Institute of Public Administration Australia for his work in the Blacktown area.
During his 38 years of distinguished service, Detective Superintendent Wright was awarded the Australian Police Medal, NSW Police Service Medal, National Medal 2nd clasp and NSW Police Medal 5th clasp.
Superintendent Greg Peters
45 years of distinguished service
Superintendent Greg Peters joined the NSW Police Force in 1974 as a cadet and commenced duties at the Modus Operandi Section. Three years later, he attested as a probationary constable.
In 1990, Superintendent Peters was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and performed the role of supervisor at Maroubra, Mascot Airport, and Campsie Local Area Command. Nine years later, he was promoted to Inspector and performed duties at Eastern Beaches, Macquarie Fields, and Cabramatta Local Area Commands.
He was promoted to Superintendent in 2010 and performed the role of Commander at various commands across the metropolitan area including Marrickville, St Marys, Nepean, and Quakers Hill.
During his distinguished service, Superintendent Peters was awarded the National Medal and clasps, NSW Police Service Medal, NSW Police Medal 6th clasp, Commissioner’s Commendation for Service for investigations following the shooting of Detective Michael Drury, Commissioner’s Unit Citation for recognition of outstanding bravery and devotion to duty at a major civil disorder incident at Macquarie Fields, and the Commissioner’s Sesquicentenary Citation.
Detective Chief Inspector Robert Adam
32 years of distinguished service
Detective Chief Inspector Robert Adam joined the NSW Police Force as a trainee in 1987 and attested as a Probationary Constable, where he commenced general duties at Maroubra Local Area Command.
In 1998, he commenced criminal investigations as a detective at Redfern, before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003, and then Licensing Sergeant at Surry Hills in 2010. A year later, he was promoted to the commissioned rank of Inspector as Duty Officer at Cabramatta.
Detective Chief Inspector Adam was appointed as Commander of Strike Force Doring at the Metropolitan Robbery Unit, which investigated a large number of taxi robberies in the Sydney CBD area. He was seconded to the State Crime Command’s Fraud Unit, then the Homicide Squad for an 11-month investigation.
During his distinguished service, Detective Chief Inspector Adam was awarded the NSW Police Medal and the National Medal.
Chief Inspector David Kay
32 years of distinguished service
Chief Inspector David Kay joined the NSW Police Force as a trainee in 1987 and attested as a Probationary Constable as a member of Class 232.
For 32 years, Chief Inspector Kay has performed duties in regional NSW, originally posted to Broken Hill, before moving to Dareton, Milton, Ulladulla, Shoalhaven and Queanbeyan. During this time, Chief Inspector Kay was promoted through the ranks and, in 2012, attained the rank of Inspector when he commenced duties at the NSW Police Academy as Manager of the Constables Education Program.
The majority of Chief Inspector Kay’s service has been in the field of criminal investigation. Due to his role investigating numerous complex and serious crimes, Chief Inspector Kay was awarded a Local Area Commanders Certificate for his assistance at a fatal bus collision at Wandandian in February 2001, and a Commander Certificate of Merit for support in a murder investigation at Queanbeyan in March 2008.
He was also awarded a Region Citation for his persistence and courage in an attempt to rescue a victim of a light aircraft crash in December 1991, as well as the NSW Police Medal and clasps, National Police Service Medal and the National medal 2nd clasp.
FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT ‘CLASS 338’
A total of 269 new recruits are being sworn in today.
The class comprises of 177 policemen and 92 policewomen.
The students will attest with the rank of probationary constable and report to their new stations for work on Monday (26 August 2019).
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, 240 were born in Australia and 29 were born overseas. Their countries of origin include; New Zealand, Wales, India, South Korea, Egypt, United Kingdom and Singapore.
The recruits age statistics include:
- 31 are aged 19-20
- 132 are aged 21-25
- 75 are aged 26-30
- 15 are aged 31-35
- 12 are aged 36-40
- Four aged over 40
For interviews with recruits going to specific areas, please contact the relevant Police Area Command or Police District on Monday 26 August 2019.