The NSW Police Force has welcomed 218 police recruits after they were sworn in as probationary constables at an attestation ceremony attended by family and friends in Goulburn today.
The ceremony was unique, as it also celebrated the achievements of outgoing Commissioner Mick Fuller APM and marked his official march out parade. The ceremony was attended by Minister for Police and Emergency Service David Elliott, Her Excellency the Hon. Margaret Beazley and Premier Dominic Perrottet.
Premier Dominic Perrottet congratulated our new recruits and recognised the significance of the occasion.
“Today is an important milestone for class 350, their families and friends. After eight months of intensive training, our new recruits join the finest police force in the country, and I wish them all a long and successful career,” he said.
“We also recognise the outstanding leadership and over 30 years of service that Commissioner Fuller has provided to our state. His leadership has seen the largest increase in police force in NSW’s history and has transformed the organisation’s capabilities to keep our communities safer.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott welcomed the new recruits, noting they were joining a well-equipped, versatile and modern police force.
“Commissioner Fuller has left an indelible legacy that has taken NSW Police to new heights and frontiers, particularly in dealing with challenges like natural disasters, terrorist threats, growth in cybercrime and the once in a century pandemic ,” he said
“His loyalty, and exemplary service to the people of this state, particularly during times of adversity, shall never be forgotten and will be an inspiration to class 350 who will be deployed across metro and regional NSW”
Commissioner Fuller welcomed the latest intake of probationary constables.
“Congratulations to the men and women of class 350 and I commend them for embarking on a career in policing particularly at a challenging time, and they will have a rewarding and diverse career with our police family,” he said.
“Over the past two years, police have played a vital role in leading and serving the community through the pandemic. Despite the challenges ahead, our newest recruits will serve our communities with the highest level of integrity and dedication”
Class 350 includes 163 men and 55 women. 26 recruits were born overseas in countries including Afghanistan, Colombia, Greece, Hong Kong, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica and Solomon Islands.